Next Permanent Manchester United Manager Odds
Odds correct as of 14:00, 15/01/2020.
|Tip||Odds (Click to bet)||Bookmaker|
|Mauricio Pochettino||5/6||William Hill|
|Massimiliano Allegri||8/1||William Hill|
|Laurent Blanc||20/1||Paddy Power|
|Michael Carrick||20/1||William Hill|
|Erik ten Hag||25/1||Betfair|
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There have been reports this week that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to the sack. Indeed, some sections of the press reckon the Norwegian has told his players that a failure to beat Tottenham Hotspur in their midweek Premier league encounter at Old Trafford could actually see the former Red Devils striker lose his job.
The irony doesn’t need explaining considering it will be Jose Mourinho in the opposition dug-out and the Portuguese returns to the north-west club nearly a year after he himself was sacked as Manchester United manager following an increasingly toxic regime which saw results fall off a cliff after the team had won the Europa League in the previous season.
While Solskjaer continues to state publicly that his young United squad are making progress in terms of development and they are far from the finished article, it’s clear that the team are underperforming on the pitch and a return of eighteen points from fourteen games played is simply not good enough for a club of this stature.
The supporters remain supportive of someone who is rightly lauded as a club legend although Solskjaer is among the favourites on the Premier League Sack Race betting market and a defeat against a rejuvenated Tottenham side might see the Glazer family and Ed Woodward act, especially with so many viable candidates seemingly available.
Next Permanent Manchester United Manager
Mauricio Pochettino was linked to the vacant Manchester United manager’s post in December 2018 although the twenty-time English champions instead opted to give Solskjaer an opportunity to take caretaker charge of the team and some impressive results led the Norwegian to become the full-time appointment a few months later.
It has to be admitted that Pochettino was serving as manager of Tottenham Hotspur twelve months ago and perhaps the Argentine was actually sounded out by United representatives before rejecting the chance to open talks with a club who might now be getting in touch again considering that the 47-year-old is a free agent this time around.
One bookie has Poch as the odds-on favourite to become the next Manchester United manager and the prices have shortened across the board since the South American admitted that he’s enjoyed spending some time out but is now ready to consider one of the fresh challenges that are currently on the table. One of those opportunities could lie at Old Trafford.
Betfair currently go biggest with their 15/8 quote about Pochettino replacing Solskjaer and the former certainly boasts a more impressive track record, having arrived in England to take charge of Southampton FC and his immediately positive impact led Tottenham to come calling for someone who revolutionised team affairs at White Hart Lane.
While Pochettino ultimately clashed with chairman Daniel Levy a great deal towards the end of his tenure, Spurs supporters will be eternally grateful for the way in which their team have overtaken Arsenal and become a genuine top four side in England. Manchester United might now want the same manager to wave his magic wand under their watchful eye.
Would Allegri Take on the Old Trafford Challenge?
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When it comes to a high-profile managerial vacancy in England, you can bet your bottom dollar that Massimiliano Allegri will be among the favourites and it’s little surprise to find the Italian trading at single figures to be the next man to try and resurrect the fortunes of Manchester United who continue to be in a post-Sir Alex Ferguson slump.
Allegri’s representatives have probably been sounded out by the Red Devils in the past and it’s possible that the 52-year-old will embrace the opportunity to take charge at arguably the biggest club in England, although the former Juventus manager is currently enjoying a twelve-month sabbatical which means any appointment might potentially have to wait until May.
Betfair have 15/2 that the six-time Scudetto winner is appointed in charge at Old Trafford and his track record couldn’t be more impressive apart from the fact that all his success has been achieved in the manager’s native Italy rather than anywhere else.
Allegri won his first Serie A title with Milan at the end of the 2010/11 season before going on to become the most successful Juventus manager of all time according to his win percentage. He steered the Turin club to five championship successes and also guided them to two Champions League finals during his time at the club.
Rodgers Stock Continues to Rise at Leicester
Brendan Rodgers - who has also been mooted for the Arsenal manager job - going to Manchester United would have seemed a laughable notion a few seasons ago, with the Northern Irishman having very nearly won the Premier League title with Liverpool during his time at the club but also earning a reputation for playing gung ho football which made his teams defensively porous.
However, the 46-year-old did spend three full seasons at Anfield and enjoyed a 50% win rate at the Merseyside club, with Rodgers having originally caught Liverpool’s eye by drastically improving the fortunes of Swansea City and he’s subsequently gone on to make a huge impression with Celtic and now Leicester City.
Rodgers took charge of the Foxes in February 2019, replacing the unpopular Claude Puel and he’s enjoyed the Midas touch at the King Power Stadium ever since, improving a modest squad of players to the extent that they currently sit second in the Premier League table and are now being considered as potential title challengers.
The fact that this manager has achieved such a flying start without spending much money along with the fact that Harry Maguire chose to leave for Manchester United adds further strength to the argument that Rodgers is among the best British managers around and he’s currently as short as 10/1 with William Hill to defect to Old Trafford and replace Solskjaer.
Could Ralf Rangnick Be the Answer?
What are the chances of Manchester United taking a chance on a football manager who has previously been linked with a spate of managerial vacancies in England but has never actually come close to taking one? According to the latest odds, Ralf Rangnick is as short as 14/1 to be the next Red Devils boss.
For the uninitiated, the 61-year-old has recently enjoyed two stints in charge of RB Leipzig, having previously had two spells at Schalke, although Rangnick has never really taken any club by storm and the stints have largely been short ones which might not make a lot of appeal to the Manchester United board.
The fact that the former defensive midfielder is a free agent probably makes his odds shorter than if he was employed by a club, although we remain puzzled by links to a man who is currently employed by Red Bull as the head of sport and development soccer, with Rangnick likely to remain there.
Blanc Continues to Be Linked to United
If Laurent Blanc hadn’t enjoyed a brief spell playing for Manchester United, you could probably add a zero to his current odds of 20/1 Paddy Power, with the Frenchman having been on the betting shortlist since Ferguson decided to call it a day in 2013. Since then, he has been passed over in favour of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It’s possible that Blanc has expressed an interest in returning to Old Trafford in a managerial capacity, although the 54-year-old has not held a managerial position since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, with the former central defender having started out by coaching Bordeaux before a spall in charge of the French national team.
Blanc did receive a Premier League winners’ medal at the end of the 2002/3 season and was certainly an inspired short-term signing for United, although he could hardly be considered a club legend and the fact that he’s been out of managerial work for a few years would suggest that he doesn’t have the strongest of appetites to return to the dug-out.
Carrick Could Be Promoted From Within
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Nobody really gave Solskjaer a chance of getting the Manchester United manager’s position on a permanent basis when he was hired as caretaker boss. The Norwegian was actually a surprise instalment to take temporary charge although a series of impressive results convinced the powers-that-be to award him a permanent contract.
Now that performances have gone awry, it’s possible that his removal could lead the way for assistant manager Michael Carrick to take caretaker charge and it’s noticeable how the 38-year-old has been part of the backroom staff for several seasons. While we rarely hear the former United midfielder being interviewed, he’s clearly heavily involved with training sessions and player development.
Paddy Power have 20/1 that Carrick becomes the surprise new manager of the Red Devils, although it’s more plausible that the ex-West Ham and Tottenham player instead remains part of the coaching set-up at the north-west club, with a new man potentially wanting to bring his own team in to improve the fortunes of the club.
Would United Take a Chance on Southgate?
The case of Gareth Southgate is a curious one. We know that the 49-year-old has done well with the England national team, although he’s one of the younger international managers and surely harbours a desire to return to club management at some point and enjoy the day-to-day interaction with a talented squad of players.
Southgate enjoyed a fairly lengthy spell at Middlesbrough which ended roughly ten years ago, with the Three Lions boss having made 160 appearances for the Teeside club as a player before being given the chance to manage the first team, although the club were relegated from the Premier League during his time there.
Since then, Southgate has mainly been part of the English FA furniture and he assumed control of the Under-21 squad between 2013-2016 before being given the position of England senior team head coach following the untimely sacking of Sam Allardyce, with the FA initially making him caretaker boss before giving him the gig full-time.
It’s a racing certainty that Southgate will remain in charge of the Three Lions until Euro 2020 and hope to enjoy success with a team who made it to the semi-final stage of the 2018 World Cup, although he might then be in a position to seek a new challenge and he’s certainly earned a reputation for improving young players and building a strong international team.
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