Next Permanent Manchester United Manager Odds
|Mauricio Pochettino||11/4||Paddy Power|
|Antonio Conte||12/1||Paddy Power|
|Gareth Southgate||14/1||Paddy Power|
|Brendan Rodgers||20/1||Paddy Power|
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently in charge of Manchester United, although the Norwegian might not be given long to get things right at Old Trafford. Having initially shone as the caretaker boss of the Red Devils, Solskjaer was given the role on a permanent basis, although results have since taken a downturn and the club’s owners might be starting to look elsewhere with bookies Ole up in the Premier League sack race market.
The former Manchester United striker was recently given a three-year contract which suggests that the club is going to back him during what is likely to be a busy summer transfer window at the club. The squad is in desperate need of reshaping, with several highly-paid players having underperformed over the past few months and the performances have largely been underwhelming.
While Solskjaer retains the goodwill of Manchester United supporters who were quick to create a song for Jose Mourinho’s successor, the feelgood factor surrounding the appointment has started to disappear and a failure to challenge for major domestic honours next season will surely see the board make yet another managerial change.
Next Permanent Manchester United Manager
It’s not known whether Mauricio Pochettino was ever in the running to replace Mourinho when the Portuguese was given the heave-ho back in December. The Tottenham manager has always been coy surrounding speculation linking him to a higher-profile role, although the 47-year-old recently commented he might walk away from White Hart Lane if Spurs won the Champions League.
Perhaps any quotes should be taken with a pinch of salt, although Pochettino is clearly an ambitious manager who has essentially worked wonders at the north London club and he might be ready for a new project, especially if Manchester United offer him a substantial war chest to create a squad who can compete strongly on a domestic and continental front.
Pochettino is currently trading as the 11/4 favourite at Paddy Power to become the next manager of Manchester United, with the manager denied the chance to strengthen his Tottenham squad in either of the previous two transfer windows. Having to contend without Harry Kane for the final few games of the campaign highlighted how much the team tend to rely on their captain for goals.
It might be that Poch is waiting in the wings for the chance to manage Barcelona or Real Madrid, with the former likely to be disgruntled by Ernesto Valverde after a shock Champions League exit against Liverpool despite holding a commanding 3-0 first-leg lead over their English opponents.
Pochettino would also know that heading to Old Trafford would initially involve the messy business of trying to find new homes for players such as Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and even Paul Pogba considering the latter’s motivation levels have been highly questionable ever since he returned to the club from Juventus.
Could Max Allegri Leave Juventus for United?
Massimiliano Allegri has been Juventus manager since 2014 and he’s led the Turin side to five successive Scudettos, while they have also won four Coppa Italias and reached the Champions League final on two different occasions. He’s currently trading at odds of 7/1 with Betfair to become the next United boss.
Since the start of his management career in 2003, the 51-year-old has never managed outside of Italy and perhaps he has no desire to leave his homeland. However, he must surely be on the radar of the Glazer family and Ed Woodward, both of whom who would dearly love a manager who can make Manchester United a force to be reckoned with once again.
The fact that Allegri also steered Milan to a Scudetto in the 2010-11 season won’t have gone unnoticed, with the Italian having recently lured Cristiano Ronaldo to the Allianz Stadium and there’s the obvious link with Paul Pogba considering that the French midfielder has enjoyed his best club performances under the current Juve boss.
Allegri currently enjoys the highest points-per-game ratio out of any manager in Juventus’ history and perhaps the Manchester United job is one of the few that might entice the Livorno-born manager out of Italy, with the Red Devils having clashed twice with the Old Lady in the Champions League this term.
Would Carlo Ancelotti Consider Old Trafford?
Carlo Ancelotti is no stranger to being manager of a European giant. The Italian had stints with Reggiana and Parma before taking charge of Juventus. After this, he was Milan boss for eight seasons and led them to a Serie A title along with two Champions Leagues and the FIFA Club World Cup to boot.
Ancelotti then won a Premier League / FA Cup double in England with Chelsea, before claiming a domestic title with Paris Saint-Germain and it wasn’t long before Real Madrid gave him the call where he was able to engineer a European Cup success during the 2013/14 campaign.
More latterly, he was in charge of Bayern Munich where he won a Bundesliga title before things turned sour and the 59-year-old is currently in charge at Napoli after replacing Maurizio Sarri at the Italian club last summer.
Ancelotti’s track record compares favourably with any other manager and it’s clear that he’s had a stack of experience when it comes to handling powerful players in the dressing room. His Premier League title-winning achievement at Chelsea might suggest something similar could be achieved at Manchester United, although some might regard him as a backward step.
After all, Louis van Gaal was a similar type of appointment for the Red Devils back in 2014 after David Moyes had failed to last a season as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. The Dutchman didn’t fare badly during his time at Old Trafford, although his time at the club always had a temporary feel about it and there was only one FA Cup to show for his achievements.
Could Antonio Conte do Another Italian Job?
Paddy Power offer 12/1 about another Italian former Chelsea manager, with Antonio Conte currently a free agent who has been out of the dugout since leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018.
The animated 48-year-old steered the Blues to a Premier League title success at the first time of asking, quickly creating a system which made maximum use of players such as Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa, although the London side were unable to finish in the top four in the following season.
Conte - who bookies reckon is also in the running to be the next Arsenal manager - has previously done well with the Italian national team and was the predecessor for Max Allegri at Juventus, with the former steering the Old Lady to three successive Scudettos before handing over the reins to his compatriot.
Perhaps the main issue for Manchester United is that the fiery Italian is known for frequently clashing with owners and it wasn’t long before his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich became strained. There’s also the fact that Conte might not want a life in England after his Chelsea episode.
Southgate and Simeone Next in the Betting
The thought of Gareth Southgate as Manchester United manager might have seemed a ludicrous notion a couple of years ago, although the England national team coach has done a sterling job at St George’s Park and illustrated that he can create a successful team on an international front.
Southgate is still relatively young and perhaps he has aspirations to return to club management, having been in charge at Middlesbrough between 2006-2009. The 48-year-old could potentially bring a long-term vision to Manchester United as he has done with England, while him being English means he understands the fabric of the club well. Paddy Power have priced him at 14/1 to take the role.
Diego Simeone - who has also been linked to the Liverpool manager job - clearly brings a more accomplished track record in club management, with the Argentine synonymous with Atletico Madrid after taking charge in 2011 and not looking back since. The 49-year-old has created a team of warriors who have been ruffling the feathers of Barcelona and Real Madrid for nearly a decade.
It’s not known whether Simeone would want to leave Madrid for anywhere else, while his style of play might not fit in with Manchester United’s desire to play attacking and expansive football, although his ability to create a successful team on a relatively modest budget will surely have not gone unnoticed.
Could Brendan Rodgers Be Worth a Bet at 20/1?
Brendan Rodgers is regarded slightly comically in England, with his David Brent-esque comments and maverick tactics at Liverpool making him come in line for ridicule, although the bottom line is that the Northern Irishman is a seriously good football manager.
We shouldn’t forget that he nearly won the Premier League title at Anfield, while he’s subsequently gone north of the border and acquitted himself well at Celtic. He’s now back in England managing Leicester and doing a fine job with a squad of talented players.
If Manchester United continue with Solskjaer in the short term, it will give Rodgers an opportunity to demonstrate what he can do at Leicester next season and that could essentially serve as a job interview for a potential managerial role at Old Trafford. It’s clear that the north-west club could do a lot worse than opt for someone who has shown himself capable of handling big clubs, and at 20/1 with Paddy Power he could be the value play in this market.