Next Permanent Manchester United Manager Odds
|Brendan Rodgers||15/2||Paddy Power|
|Erik ten Hag||12/1||Paddy Power|
|Arsene Wenger||14/1||Paddy Power|
|Michael Carrick||14/1||Paddy Power|
Will Manchester United soon be looking for a new permanent manager? Perhaps talks are already underway with prospective candidates for the role considering that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is running out of excuses to explain why the Red Devils are incapable of winning on a regular basis.
While the Norwegian inherited a Red Devils squad which was partly bloated with overpaid forwards and average defenders, he’s done little to improve the mess that was left by Jose Mourinho and many have always seen the former Cardiff manager as a temporary boss despite the Glazer family agreeing to give him a three-year contract after an impressive cameo role.
Solskjaer is currently second favourite in the Premier League Sack Race market and plenty of attention is now being focused on the next Manchester United manager betting market, with several bookmakers taking bets on who will be the latest man to sip from the chalice that effectively became tainted as soon as Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013 after a legendary reign.
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Next Permanent Manchester United Manager
We don’t quite know whether Mauricio Pochettino was ever in the running to replace Jose Mourinho when the latter was sacked at Old Trafford back in December 2018. The Tottenham Hotspur manager possibly turned down the vacant post on the basis that he was actually challenging for the Premier League title at that stage, while Spurs were also qualified for the Champions League knockout stage.
However, the Argentine finds himself at a much bigger crossroads this time around and perhaps Manchester United will get a different answer if they approach a manager whose time at White Hart Lane appears to be coming to an end. Pochettino appears to have been preparing an exit strategy for several months and he might relish the chance to improve the fortunes of this great club.
Betfair have Poch as their 2/1 favourite to become the next United manager and he’s previously demonstrated excellent management at Southampton before transforming the fortunes of Tottenham. He would feel that Solskjaer is an easy act to follow given the current plight of the first team and also potentially be given money to spend which has become an issue with his current employers.
Spurs appear to have fallen victim to a slump which has followed hard on the heels of a season where overachievement has been in evidence, while the opposite has occurred at Old Trafford during the majority of the six seasons since Ferguson made way and United could feel that Pochettino gives them the best chance of reversing that trend.
Allegri Second Favourite for Red Devils Role
One has to question why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently the permanent manager of Manchester United. This isn’t just because the Norwegian is proving to be incompetent at the time of writing but also because he was given the nod despite a clear absence of management experience when it came to elite professional football.
Perhaps this pointed to the fact that several high-profile candidates turned down the opportunity to open talks with chief executive Ed Woodward and it’s true to say that the position of Red Devils manager is not as prestigious as it was in 2013 when several candidates would have been keen to continue the good work that had been done by Ferguson.
Massimiliano Allegri is therefore a questionable pick at odds of 6/1 considering that the former Juventus coach might feel as though a move to this historic English club represents a massive challenge when you look at the distance that United have fallen behind Liverpool and Manchester City in this country.
Perhaps football is cyclical enough to the extent that Allegri could make a big impact in a short space of time at Old Trafford and it’s worth noting that his compatriot Antonio Conte was able to recently win the Premier League title during his first season at Chelsea although it’s also fair to say that the current Inter Milan coach inherited a healthy squad of players at Stamford Bridge.
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Rodgers Backed to Leave Leicester for United
We know that Brendan Rodgers is a highly ambitious manager and it’s also clear that the Northern Irishman probably regards loyalty as an overblown concept. The current boss at Leicester City was quick to ditch Swansea City for his chance to move to Liverpool, while he also incurred the wrath of Celtic fans after quickly heading back south to take charge of the Foxes.
While his current club have clear aspirations to finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League once again, there are financial limitations and also a reason why Harry Maguire saw fit to leave the King Power Stadium last summer and accept the chance to play for a more famous English club.
Manchester United will always be a bigger draw than Leicester and there has been money for Rodgers to become Solskjaer’s replacement, with Paddy Power offering 15/2 that the 46-year-old takes on the challenge of improving the fortunes of a club who can still boast the biggest number of English championship titles for now.
Rodgers has always ensured his teams play an attacking style of football which will be “on brand” with the United ethos, while this is also someone who has shown themselves adept at dealing with the pressure cooker roles at Anfield and Celtic Park, with Leicester now flying high in the Premier League.
Could the Red Devils Turn to Blanc?
Laurent Blanc has become something of a forgotten manager considering that he’s not held a managerial role since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. However, at the age of 53, it’s clear that he’ll still have aspirations to return to coaching at an elite club and the Frenchman is 12/1 with Betfair to become the next manager of Manchester United FC.
Blanc has affiliations with the Red Devils by virtue of the two seasons spent at Old Trafford as a player, with the former central defender making 48 appearances and helping United to land the 2002/3 Premier League title. He would certainly be interested in a potentially vacant role and has previously taken charge of the French national team.
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial would probably warm to the idea of their compatriot arriving at the north-west giant, with Blanc likely to have his own blueprint for how Manchester United could become a force in England again. However, there’s the obvious risk regarding the hiring of a manager who has never taken charge of a team in the Premier League.
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Ten Hag Continues to Impress at Ajax
It could well be the case that Manchester United have made an agreement with a managerial candidate, although it could also be the case that the candidate in question might only become available at the end of the 2018/19 season. Erik ten Hag would clearly leave Ajax with a heavy heart and perhaps the Red Devils are prepared to wait for this highly-rated Dutchman.
The 49-year-old had a successful club career in the Netherlands as a player, although his managerial stock has been rising ever since he took charge of Go Ahead Eagles in 2012 and he has since held positions at Bayern Munich and Utrecht before Ajax came calling in 2017.
The 2018/19 Champions League campaign was a hugely exciting one for Ten Hag and Ajax, beating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus en-route to the semi-finals. The Amsterdam club then had one foot in the final before Tottenham were able to overcome although the Dutch champions have once again began the campaign very well and sit top of their European Cup group.
The manager has had to contend with star players leaving the group and might regard the chance to manage Manchester United as too good to turn down. Paddy Power have him among their favourites for the role at 12/1.
Wenger, Carrick and Benitez Next in the Betting
Arsene Wenger turns 70 later this month, although the legendary Arsenal manager has spoken of his desire to return to football club management and perhaps he could be a contender to take charge of a team he once firmly regarded as "the enemy". Paddy Power make him a 14/1 chance and it would certainly make for a fascinating story.
Michael Carrick is already part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford and might make more appeal at odds of 14/1, although he’s the polar opposite to Wenger in terms of experience. Any potential vacancy could come too early for the former Manchester United midfielder who might instead prefer to earn his stripes at the north-west club and remain in meaningful employment.
Rafael Benitez is no stranger to taking high-profile roles and he’s previously been in charge at Liverpool and Chelsea, although his links to the former would cast him in a dim light at Old Trafford. Perhaps the Manchester United supporters can’t be too choosy when it comes to someone who can start the obvious rebuilding exercise that needs to take place
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