Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

5 Managers With a Point to Prove in the 2019/20 Season

The 2019/20 is nearly upon us and most clubs would be ready with their plans for what they want to achieve by the end of the campaign. 

There are some managers, however, who particularly will need to prove a point with respect to things that have happened in the previous campaign or in the past. 

Here are five managers with a point to prove this season:

5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed the reins of Manchester United following the sacking of Jose Mourinho following poor results. Although the Norwegian managed to change their temporary form, the club went back to its losing spree towards the end of the campaign. 

This season, Solskjaer will need to show that he can change the club’s fortunes as he would not be dealing with an impossible hand and prove that management did not make a mistake by giving him a permanent contract too early.

4. Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has only managed one season with Derby County, taking them back to the Championship playoffs. After Maurizio Sarri left for Juventus, Chelsea came calling and the club legend finally agreed to take over as the manager.

However, his work will be cut out for him as not only does he have a lot of managerial experience, he would also need to keep the team successful without any new players because of the transfer ban the Blues are currently in.

3. Unai Emery

Another English club manager that has a lot to do this season is Arsenal’s Unai Emery. The Spaniard was one point away from taking Arsenal back to the Champions League and the fans as well as the club hierarchy will expect that he does better than that this season.

Unfortunately for him, though, it looks like he won’t have much help from the transfer market as Arsenal continue to struggle with funds to make big signings.  

2. Niko Kovac

Last season, Niko Kovac was perpetually under the scanner as Bayern Munich stumbled in the early part of the season and gave away a sizable lead to Borussia Dortmund in the race for the league title. 

Although the decision makers backed him until the end of the season and saw the team win the league and the cup, Kovac may not be all that safe if his team once again comes out of the blocks at a slow pace and struggles to get the desired results.

1. Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona won La Liga with ease, but the second half of the season was anything but good for the team. There was far too much dependence on Lionel Messi and the way they lost out in the Champions League was reminiscent of the previous campaign. 

For Ernesto Valverde, a repeat of such performances would spell the end of his charge with the club, especially with the arrival of more firepower in the form of Antoine Griezmann.   

Five managers with a point to prove in the 2019/20 season