Next Permanent Tottenham Manager Odds
|Jose Mourinho||4/6||Paddy Power|
|Brendan Rodgers||14/1||Paddy Power|
|Erik Ten Hag||14/1||Betfair|
|Julian Nagelsmann||16/1||Paddy Power|
|Rafa Benitez||20/1||Paddy Power|
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It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that Mauricio Pochettino is going through his most difficult phase as manager of Tottenham Hotspur since taking charge in May 2014. The Argentine is currently third favourite in the infamous Premier League Sack Race betting market and there is plenty of speculation regarding the 47-year-old’s future at the club.
For now, Pochettino remains as manager of Spurs although the horror show that was a 7-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich was followed up by a 3-0 humbling at Brighton and it will be interesting to see what sort of performances we get from the players when they return from the international break.
With Poch trading as short as 4/1 on the Sack Race market, it’s little surprise that many bookmakers now offer betting on the next Tottenham manager, with plans potentially being made to secure a replacement should the man currently at the helm decide to walk away from a club which he has completely transformed over the past five years.
Next Permanent Tottenham Hotspur Manager
Make no mistake about it, there will be a long list of candidates who will be interested in replacing Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane. Unlike the situation at Manchester United, it’s clear that Tottenham have had a plan in place which have helped them not only qualify for the Champions League on a regular basis but also reach the European Cup final last May.
It’s little surprise to see the name of Jose Mourinho feature prominently in the betting, with the Portuguese being linked to a variety of high-profile positions since being axed at Old Trafford in December 2018. The self-styled “Special One” is currently trading at 4/6 with Paddy Power and this could be a good fit for someone who clearly enjoys managing in England.
Mourinho will also feel that he has scores to settle after his time at Manchester United came to an abrupt and rather ugly end. Previously to this, his track record was excellent and he’s been a serial trophy winner during two stints at Chelsea, although the supporters might not immediately warm to someone who has engineered so many victories against Tottenham in the past.
The other big question is whether Mourinho would accept the fact that chairman Daniel Levy likes to keep a tight hold of the purse strings and that means any manager would have to comply with budgetary restrictions, while it also appears that many members of the Tottenham squad are looking for a more lucrative move elsewhere and that the dressing room isn’t a completely happy camp at the moment.
Could Rodgers Swap Foxes for Spurs?
Brendan Rodgers was derided as being too attack-minded when in charge of Liverpool, although the Northern Irishman has come as close as anyone else to landing a first Premier League title for the Merseyside club since 1990. Since leaving Anfield, he was hugely successful north of the border and led Celtic to numerous title wins, while he’s now doing a fantastic job at Leicester City.
Rodgers is 14/1 with Paddy Power to replace Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane and the big question is whether the 46-year-old would be able to turn down the north London club if he was approached regarding the position. His move from Celtic to Leicester attracted criticism from supporters of the former and it’s clear that he’s an ambitious manager who wants to be challenging for silverware in England.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that Rodgers earned the Liverpool position by virtue of doing so well in the top flight with Swansea City and perhaps Tottenham would see him as a natural fit to replace Pochettino considering that the former will always encourage his sides to play with bravery and freedom on the pitch.
For Rodgers, this would be an opportunity to manage a club in the Champions League once again, with Leicester far from certain to make that step up despite a promising start to the campaign. While things are going well with the Foxes, they will be aware that the team’s bright performances will see their manager’s stock rise higher and make him an attractive proposition to rival clubs.
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Does Allegri Want to Come to England?
Massimiliano Allegri is a name that now regularly appears in betting markets when it comes to big clubs and managers. It’s little surprise considering that the Italian is the most successful Juventus coach of all time, with the 52-year-old boasting a 70.4% win percentage during his time in charge at the Turin club.
Allegri - 7/1 with Betfair to make the move to North London - failed to win the Champions League with the Old Lady, although his domestic track record was practically flawless, with the manager landing five consecutive Serie A titles between 2015-2019 before deciding to leave with his head held high and the football world speculate on his next football project.
It’s possible that Allegri won’t consider a move to England based on the fact that he’s always remained in his homeland as a player and manager, although the Tottenham position might intrigue him considering that they are now regarded as one of the biggest clubs in the country along with the fact that Manchester City and Liverpool have long-serving bosses.
While the Manchester United position looks like a massive challenge in terms of getting the Red Devils back to competing for league titles, it’s worth remembering that Tottenham were firmly in the title race during the first half of the 2018/19 season and already have a squad bulging with quality where some fine-tuning could see them pushing the top two again.
Howe 14/1 to Make Switch from Bournemouth
Eddie Howe did leave Bournemouth in 2011 to take charge at Burnley, although the 41-year-old didn’t last too long at Turf Moor before returning to the Dorset club in 2012 and he’s been in charge of the Cherries ever since. The former defender has taken the club from League One to the Premier League and Howe is generally regarded as one of the best British football managers in the game.
It’s currently hard to imagine Howe taking charge of any other club although perhaps he does have grander ambitions than AFC Bournemouth who are regarded as a mid-table top-flight team rather than an outfit who can challenge for a top-six position and a consequent place in European competition.
Perhaps that’s why Paddy Power have him as one of their favourites at 8/1 to become the next Tottenham manager, with Daniel Levy surely adding him to any shortlist by virtue of the way that Howe has made the Cherries part of the Premier League furniture on a relatively modest budget.
Howe also has the reputation for player development, with Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake all excellent examples of this and the trio are among the several international players that the squad now has. Given more funds and resources at a club like Tottenham, perhaps we could see this manager really thrive and challenge for trophies.
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Benitez Open to Another Big Job in England
Rafael Benitez is one of the most famous managers in world football and the Spaniard has spent much of his career in England. Arriving from Valencia in 2004, the 59-year-old spent six relatively happy years at Liverpool FC and was immensely popular with supporters despite failing to land the Premier League title with the Merseyside club.
Benitez did win the European Cup with Liverpool and he has gone on to manager Internazionale, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid and Newcastle United, with the Madrid-born coach having worked wonders at St James’ Park before deciding to head to China for a huge financial payday with Dalian Yifang.
It’s possible that Benitez has tired of taking high-profile roles in England and that his decision to manage in the Chinese Super League was partly down to having a role which carried a lot less pressure. However, Paddy Power make him a 20/1 chance to replace Pochettino and the opportunity to return to a country that he loves could make plenty of appeal.
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