Solari and Vieira aren’t the only names available for Inter Miami

While he’s in England and they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, Arsenal manager Unai Emery had nothing to celebrate as he was sacked following the club’s worst run in 27 years.

Not entirely unexpected, but what it does do is give another name for Inter Miami boss Jorge Mas to consider as the new club has yet to name an official manager.

It did get me to start thinking about the inaugural Inter Miami manager.

There are rumblings that Nice, and former NYCFC manager Patrick Vieira is the top choice for Inter’s new manager. However, there are other names to consider here:


While he is being considered as the “top choice” for Inter Miami, Vieira has already expressed his intention to stay at Nice for the foreseeable future.

Of course, with Emery getting the sack in London, Arsenal could be a potential landing ground, but it seems highly unlikely considering Vieira’s experience.

I know he is a popular name for Inter Miami, but the big question is whether he would actually want to return to MLS?

He’s had his eye on Europe for a long time and Ligue One is a great place to earn your spurs before making the jump to the Premier League — which is where Vieira (and any other manager worth anything) wants to be.

It’s entirely possible Vieira comes to Miami, but it could also be seen as a setback to his career. With Nice, he has 17 points from 15 matches in a league no one really cares about outside of Paris-Saint Germain.

Mauricio Pochettino

Poch got the sack from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month after a disastrous start that found them 10th in the Premier League.

Not where the runners-up in the Champions League expected to be — especially with the talent they put on the field like Dele Alli, Harry Kane, etc.

While Pochettino won 160 of his 293 matches in charge of Tottenham, he seemed to have lost some of his punch this season which apparently frustrated Tottenham fans and management — of course getting knocked out of the third round of the EFL Cup by Colchester United didn’t help his cause any.

He runs a mix of the 4-2-3-1 and the 4-1-4-1, but I would expect with what Inter Miami is bringing to the table, they are going to want a manager with an attacking mentality, and I’m not sure Poch is it.

Plus, I don’t know that, after spending stints at Southampton and Espanyol that Pochettino will want to come to South Florida to jumpstart his managerial career. It’s likely other clubs in Europe will come calling soon.

Santiago Solari

Another manager getting traction with Inter Miami rumors is former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari.

Solari loves to attack with the ball, but for some reason, he couldn’t resonate his style with Real Madrid players or fans — seeing them eliminated from both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

Of course, having Zidane make a return didn’t help his case to stay.

Currently, Solari has returned to Real Madrid to serve as a club ambassador — nine months after he was fired from the club.

But, Solari like Vieira has aspirations of managing in the Premier League one day because, well, everyone wants to manage in the Premier League.

However, in terms of attacking style, Solari would bring a Jurgen Klopp-like mentality to Inter Miami which could be just what the club needs during its inaugural season.

The question, like with Vieira and Pochettino is would he be willing to sidestep into Major League Soccer as a way to fulfill his dreams of England?

Robert Moreno

Moreno, like Solari, is young with a bright future ahead of him.

He is another attacking Spanish manager that would likely bring that same style to South Florida.

The biggest issue here is experience. He’s been an assistant manager at AS Roma, Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona while only being a “manager” for the Spanish national team.

But, as an assistant manager, he’s won the Champions League, three Spanish Cups, the Spanish Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.

And, he’s mentored under Luis Enrique which isn’t a bad reference to have on your resume.

He’s been off the job since earlier this month when Enrique returned to the position following a leave of absence to deal with his daughter being diagnosed with cancer.

Since then, Enrique has not been happy with Moreno because Moreno wanted to keep control of Spain through the Euros, which wasn’t going to happen.

Anyway, this could be a good fit for Inter Miami as Moreno is young and can certainly bring a lot of energy to the South Florida football community.

Max Allegri

If you want a manager that will bring instant credibility to your team, former Juventus manager Max Allegri is your guy.

And, for what it’s worth, I think he would be the best fit as Inter Miami’s first manager.

He led the Old Lady to six Serie A titles — consecutively — four Coppa Italia’s, three Supercoppa Italia titles among others.

I know his only experience is in Italy — Juventus, AC Milan, Cagliari, Sassuolo, Lecco, Grosseto, SPAL and Aglianese — but I think he could see himself in South Florida with Inter.

He would be the steady hand on the field a new club like Inter Miami would need (see Bob Bradley at Los Angeles FC).

He brings a 4-3-3 attacking style, which would be perfect for Inter and I think he still has a lot of fight left in him.

To me, his leaving Juventus was because there was really nothing else left for him to do there, outside of winning the Champions League.

I think he’s looking for a challenge and building a club from the ground up would be perfect. Of course, with his credentials, he’s been linked to Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich, but at Inter Miami he could call the shots and do what he wants.

Perfect for someone of Allegri’s pedigree. 

Is he on the radar? Not likely, but I certainly think he should be.