Real Madrid are the bookies’ early FAVOURITES to next appoint Mauricio Pochettino as manager, with former club Tottenham, Manchester United and Newcastle also in contention as future destinations for the ex-PSG boss
- Months of speculation came to an end as PSG sacked Mauricio Pochettino
- He guided PSG to the league title but failed to deliver the Champions League
- Champions League winners Real Madrid are the current bookies’ favourites
- A number of English sides are also high up the odds as potential destinations
Real Madrid have emerged as the early favourites to next appoint Mauricio Pochettino as manager, after he was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG confirmed Pochettino’s departure on Tuesday despite guiding the club to the Ligue 1 title, as the French giants confirmed he would be replaced by Christophe Galtier.
He might not have been able to end the club’s wait for their first Champions League trophy, but Betfair have the current European champions Real Madrid as 6/4 favourites to be the 50-year-old’s next destination.
Real Madrid are favourites to be Mauricio Pochettino’s next club following his PSG departure
A host of English sides including former club Tottenham are also high up the bookies’ odds
A host of English sides are also in contention according to the bookmakers, including former club Tottenham, Manchester United and Newcastle.
Pochettino’s next club
Real Madrid 6/4
Man Utd 7/1
Borussia Dortmund 12/1
Man City 20/1
*Odds provided by Betfair
Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019, just months after he guided them to a losing Champions League final effort against Liverpool.
After a number of frustrating seasons, it was only last campaign, under Antonio Conte, that Spurs have been able to turn their fortunes around and return to the Champions League with a top-four finish.
Spurs though are second favourites to appoint Pochettino at 6-1, and they are followed by Manchester United and Newcastle at 7-1.
Pochettino had long been linked with becoming Manchester United’s long-term replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Erik ten Hag has now taken over at Old Trafford.
It would have to take another failed spell at Old Trafford for a United manager, if the Argentine’s next club is to be the Red Devils.
Newcastle meanwhile are in strong contention, on the back of their Saudi-led takeover last year.
Eddie Howe came in and steadied the ship at the Magpies when it looked like they were in danger of dropping to the Championship.
Real Madrid, following their Champions League win, are favourites to appoint Pochettino despite his failure to deliver PSG the trophy during his time at the Ligue 1 giants
Antonio Conte has helped turn Tottenham’s fortunes around after a tough few seasons
However, the club’s owners could look for a big-name manager in the future to continue taking them in an upward trend.
Rounding off Betfair’s list of potential future destinations, includes English sides Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as German giants Borussia Dortmund.
Pochettino’s PSG side suffered a difficult Champions League exit to Real Madrid, after Karim Benzema’s hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu sent the LaLiga champions into the quarter-finals last season.
United are high up the bookies’ odds despite appointing Erik ten Hag over Pochettino
Newcastle could also look to replace Eddie Howe with a big-name manager down the line
Real Madrid though have long kept a close eye on Pochettino, considering him for the job last year when Zinedine Zidane left the club.
The club are happy with current manager Carlo Ancelotti as they come off a successful campaign but the Italian, who re-joined Madrid in the summer of 2021, has not spent more than two seasons at any side since his eight-year stint with AC Milan which ended in 2009.
The French giants are in the midst of making major changes to the club after tying down star man Kylian Mbappe to a new deal – with the French forward said to be given new influence over the team’s direction.
The former Tottenham boss won Ligue 1 but failed to deliver the Champions League trophy the club craves, despite having an all-star line-up featuring Neymar, Lionel Messi and Mbappe.
In a 35-word Twitter statement on Tuesday, the French giants said: ‘Paris Saint-Germain confirm that Mauricio Pochettino has ended his role at the club. The club would like to thank Mauricio Pochettino and his staff for their work and wish them the best for the future.’
Pochettino’s departure from PSG was confirmed in a 35-word statement on Tuesday
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