If not Poch then who?
No matter which side of the Pochettino divide you stand on, it’s worth asking the question. If our manager does leave in the next few weeks – voluntarily or otherwise – who would come in?
We’re a big club undoubtedly but are we big enough for a world class manager to make a sideways or downwards move? Will a younger face – an Eddie Howe or a Brendan Rodgers – be looking to take a step up and would they be successful if that were the case?
In this article we’ll take a look at the runners and riders while discussing the possibility of Maurico leaving before the end of the season.
The Sack Race
As any bettor will know, the market on the next Premier League manager to leave their post is affectionately known as the Sack Race. At the time of writing, Everton’s Marco Silva is the clear favourite and you can pick up the former Watford man at 7/5 with SportingBet.
There’s no huge surprise there and it’s certainly no shock to see Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer come next at best industry odds of 6/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. It’s all very predictable so far and now we come to Pochettino at 12/1 with SportingBet.
It’s still a distant price although Poch is as short as 5/1 in other places. It still puts our manager ahead of strugglers such as Steve Bruce at Newcastle, Watford’s Quique Sanchez Flores and the uninspiring Graham Potter at Brighton.
Should we abandon loyalties and cash in at that 12/1 price? That’s another question but let’s now get back to the dilemma posed at the top of this article.
Who Comes In?
If you are brave enough to go on social media, you’ll see the name of Jose Mourinho mentioned on a number of occasions. We’d have to ask whether this is realistic from both sides – would the former Chelsea and Manchester United man travel to North London to prove he can still crack the Premier League? Without a chairman providing a bottomless pit of new money, that does seem unlikely.
Despite that, Mourinho was the favourite for the position until recently but in recent days, he’s drifted to joint third favourite – along with Eddie Howe – at around 8/1. At the top of the betting, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is the new favourite and the former Celtic and Liverpool coach is as short as 7/2 in places.
The market remains fairly tight beyond that point with both Rafa Benitez and Luis Enrique available at around the 12/1 mark while Marco Bielsa and Nuno Espirito Santo are at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.
From that point, we move in to options that are 20/1 or longer. Thomas Tuchel and Joachim Low fall into that category before we come to Erik Ten Hag and Zinedine Zidane. Then it starts to get a little implausible and from 30/1 out to 100/1 and beyond, there are the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Steven Gerrarrd, Harry Redknapp, Arsene Wenger and even Christian Gross.
It’s a wide spectrum let’s say but will any of those names get their chance at the new White Hart Lane this season?
The term ‘Sack Race’ is a bit misleading because the market will pay out irrespective of whether the manager in question is sacked or he leaves of his own volition. Pochettino could fall into either of those categories and if there was any truth in the rumours linking him to Manchester United or Real Madrid, would he be as quick to turn those clubs down if they were to come calling again?
If the Argentine truly feels he is being messed around by the chairman while dressing room disharmony is fuelled by senior players not signing contracts then maybe it’s a case of enough is enough.
Then we need to ask who you’d want to come in. The Mourinho link is unlikely but perhaps we are a big draw as a team who made it to the final of the Champions League. A move for Rodgers or Howe would be a risk but maybe it’s one worth taking as they both know the Premier League inside out.
One thing is for certain and there is plenty of mileage left in this story but if pushed to declare our opinion, we’re happy with the current manager – for now…