5 Recent Coaches Who Have Never Been Fired

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NBCNEWS – The demands of modern era football make the job of a coach a dangerous profession. When they are incompetent to manage the club, fans comment fiercely on social media from scathing criticism to all-out bullying.

That pressure is now experienced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. After bearing all the brunt of the Red Devils’ poor results, the Norwegian coach is on the verge of being sacked.

Every season rolls around, there is always a coach sacking. This season, we’ve seen it, especially in the last few weeks. Nuno Espirito Santos (Tottenham), Ronald Koeman (Barcelona), to Dean Smith (Aston Vila) are examples.

In this modern era of football it is very rare to find a coach like Sir Alex Ferguson. The legendary Scottish coach was trusted at the same club for decades.

Even so, that does not mean Ferguson is so comfortable living his profession. He was sacked by Scottish club, St. Mirren. For a coach who has never been fired, it might be a success.
On that note, let’s take a look at 5 coaches who have never been fired.

5. Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps is one of three people to win the World Cup as a player and manager. He is also one of the few current managers who has not been sacked in his 20-year managerial career.

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The Frenchman started his second career in football with AS Monaco. He led the club to the French League Cup, and guided Monaco to their first Champions League final in 2004. Deschamps then resigned in the summer of 2005.

Less than a year later, he was appointed manager of the then Serie B club, Juventus. After guiding them back into the Italian top flight, Deschamps handed in his resignation.

The 53-year-old almost got sacked after returning to Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille. Deschamps won six titles in three seasons at the club, including the coveted Ligue 1 title. After finishing tenth in the 2011/2012 season, Deschamps parted ways with the club by mutual agreement.

Deschamps is currently manager of the French national team, and is expected to continue in his role until the end of next year.

4. Zinedine Zidane

In his coaching career, Zinedine Zidane has established himself as the most successful coach in the history of Real Madrid.

Presenting 11 titles in two different spells as Madrid coach, Zidane won a trophy on average every 23 games. The French coach won the World’s Best Club Coach award in several years. Zizou is the only coach to win three consecutive Champions League titles.

Moreover, Zidane has an astonishing 66% winning record in 263 games with the Los Blancos senior team. The 49-year-old had previously coached Madrid’s youth team, Madrid Castilla.

The Madrid legend is currently taking a short break from the world of football, enjoying some sort of sabbatical. However, if the reports were to be believed, he could quickly return to work. One of them coached Manchester United to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo.

3. Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone is a rare example of a coach in modern football, as he has maintained the high profile job of Atletico Madrid for ten years from now.

The Argentine will no doubt go down as one of the greatest managers in the history of Atletico and Spanish football. Simeone challenged the Real Madrid-Barcelona hegemony in Spanish football, winning two La Liga titles during his tenure at Atletico.

He also led Atletico Madrid to the 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 Champions League finals.
In 544 games with Atletico, Simeone recorded a record 324 wins, 127 draws and 93 defeats. The Argentinian has a winning record of just 60%, and is averaging 2.02 points per game. Simeone has managed a total of 749 games across three different leagues, but he has never faced sacking.

The closest to hammering the sack when he coached San Lorenzo. Simeone came under heavy criticism following his poor form, and the Argentine chose to step down and walk away from the role.

2. Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is without a doubt one of the greatest coaches in modern football and in the history of the sport.

The German’s innovative approach and system has played a huge role in revolutionizing football in recent years.

Klopp undermined Bayern Munich’s dominance during his time at Borussia Dortmund. There, he became the only manager to topple Bayern as German champions in 11 years.

He won the Bundesliga title in consecutive seasons for seven years at Signal Iduna Park.
Prior to working at Dortmund, Klopp was appointed manager of FSV Mainz in Germany’s second division. He achieved great results with the club, guiding them back to the Bundesliga in just three years.

Klopp’s most challenging task was arguably taking over the reins at Liverpool in 2015. Back then, the Reds didn’t have the personnel they have in their ranks now.

It was a very difficult job, but the German had exceeded expectations. During his six years at the club, Klopp led Liverpool to their first league title in the Premier League era and their first Champions League in 14 years.

1. Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is the most successful coach of the 21st century, with more than 30 titles in his managerial career.

The Spaniard took over at Barcelona B ahead of the 2007/2008 season. Competing against great coaches like Jose Mourinho to become coach of the Barcelona senior team, Guardiola landed his first big job in 2008.

During his four-year spell as Barcelona manager, Guardiola led them to a historic sextuple in 2009. He assembled arguably one of the greatest sides in the club’s football history, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta in his ranks.

After an absence, Guardiola took over as Bayern manager in the summer of 2013. After claiming seven titles during his three-year tenure, the Spaniard voluntarily parted ways with the German champions.

The 50-year-old currently manages Manchester City, where he arrived in 2016. Guardiola is now one of the Premier League’s most successful managers, with three league titles in the last four seasons. He also led The Citizens to four League Cup titles in a row.

(atmaja wijaya/yul)

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