What do we think about him as a potential successor to Wenger? I first started seriously considering this possibility after he worked us in the Champions League R16. This was another impressive performance and comes on the heels of him really taking it to Emery and PSG not long ago.
The negative is that he has never managed a big club and never actually won anything. But all his teams seem to outperform their talent and he has consistently been very good at bringing through young players and actually improving them. He took a 46 point Braga club and won 64 points in 11-12. The next season he took a 7th placed Sporting team and finished 2nd. At Monaco, he took a team that had just sold James and Falcao and still finished 3rd in 14-15 while also making the CL quarters (and pushing a very good Juve to the limit in that round). Then he took the same after selling Martial, Ferreira-Carrasco, Abennour, Kurzawa, Kondogbia, and Berbatov and finished 3rd again in 15-16 anyway and is now looking poised to give PSG a real challenge in the league. Ligue 1 is pretty poor but he has really done a pretty amazing job when considering the player turnover he has to deal with. And when he has had matchups with clubs led by well-regarded managers - Wenger, Pochettino, Emery, Allegri - he has more than held his own.
This is probably all moot as Wenger will hang on, infuriating everybody. But if he does retire after this year, I think we could do a lot worse than Jardim. He seems ripe for a move and we would likely be the most attractive available job next summer.