Top Managers Quit After Euro 2016
July 10th, 2016: A day after Spain lifted the European Championship trophy for a record fourth time, their manager, Josep Guardiola, led an exodus of managers leaving their high profile posts as national team head coaches. Guardiola had previously led Spain the Finals of the World Cup 2014 before losing to Brazil, and with Barcelona prior to that, he had won numerous titles and cups. Viewed as one of the best managers of all-time, the Spaniard is the most successful manager of the century. His next destination is as of yet unknown.
Joining him were England’s Stuart Pearce, who took over in 2013 after the nation failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014 and sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti, failed to live up to the expectations set to him, getting knocked out in the Second Round of the Euro 2016 by Portugal. German head coach Matthias Sammer, who took over from Jurgen Klopp after they were knocked out of the World Cup 2014 by Chile, failed to lead his country past the Second Round of the Euro 2016, getting knocked out by Italy. Prior to his stint as German head coach, Sammer had led Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles (2002, 2014). Massimiliano Allegri quit his post as head coach of Italy after leading them to the Quarter-Finals of the Euro 2016 despite some very unimpressive performances. The former AC Milan manager, who won the Serie A title in 2011, his first year with the club, and the Europa League in 2012, took over the Italian job from the retired Marcelo Lippi in 2013, leading Italy to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup 2014. The last high profile name to quit his post was French head coach Remi Garde, who led the host nation to the Quarter-Finals of the Euro 2016 before getting knocked out by eventual champions Spain. He took over from Arsene Wenger, who retired after the World Cup 2014, having led them to the Quarter-Finals of that tournament. Prior to that, Garde served as Lyonnais head coach from 2011 till 2014, winning three consecutive French Ligue 1 titles (2012, 2013, 2014) with the team.