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Odds and Prediction for Who Replaces Mourinho – Betting on the Next Tottenham Manager

| April 27, 2021 6:55 am PDT

Following Jose Mourinho’s sacking, Spurs fans are desperate to know one thing – who will be the next Tottenham manager?

Mourinho was sacked after an unsuccessful 17-month spell in North London, leaving Ryan Mason to pick up the pieces.

Mason will lead the team on an interim basis until the end of the season, although it is unlikely that the 29-year-old will be Mourinho’s permanent replacement.

So, will Daniel Levy appoint someone like Maurizio Sarri to bring temporary success to the club?

Or will the controversial chairman look to the future and seek a long-term successor like Erik ten Hag?

With names such as Brendan Rodgers, Rafa Benitez, and Max Allegri also among the bookmakers’ favorites to become the new Tottenham manager, Levy certainly has a big decision to make.

Let’s take a look at the next Tottenham manager odds, assess the frontrunners, and make some Spurs manager predictions.

Next Tottenham Hotspur Manager Odds

Here are the latest odds for the next Tottenham manager.

The prices in this market are fluctuating regularly, so make sure you check out the top online sportsbooks before placing your bets.

The bookmakers’ odds suggest there are two clear favorites to become the next Tottenham manager – Maurizio Sarri and Erik ten Hag.

Sarri – who was sacked by Juventus last year – is currently available, while ten Hag has been at Ajax since 2017.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is also among the frontrunners, as is former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez.

Massimiliano Allegri, Scott Parker, and Eddie Howe are in the mix, too, along with current interim head coach Ryan Mason.

Below, I analyze the favorites for the Tottenham manager job.

Maurizio Sarri (4.50)

Having made a name for himself in the lower leagues of Italian soccer, Sarri got his big break when he was given the Napoli job back in 2015.

The former banker – and amateur center-back – guided Napoli to three straight top-three finishes in Serie A, enhancing his reputation in the process. This prompted Chelsea to make a move for the Italian.

Despite leading Chelsea to Europa League glory, Sarri never managed to win over the club’s supporters and was constantly ridiculed for his somewhat mundane style of soccer.

He only lasted one season at Stamford Bridge before heading to Juventus. Funnily enough, he also lasted just one season in Turin before getting sacked.

MAURIZIO SARRI’S TOP-FLIGHT MANAGERIAL CAREER
Club Time Frame Win % Honors
Napoli 2015-2018 66.2
Chelsea 2018-2019 63.5 UEFA Europa League
Juventus 2019-2020 65.4 Serie A

Yes, Sarri has delivered silverware at his previous two clubs – and it is no secret that Spurs are desperate to end their long wait for a trophy. But is Sarri really the right man for the job?

After leaving the Premier League on bad terms in 2019, I don’t think too many Tottenham fans would be overly pleased if the 62-year-old was appointed.

That said, Levy is under huge pressure to pick the right guy and bring success to the club, meaning he could be swayed by Sarri’s proven track record.

Erik ten Hag (5.00)

While Levy has often been attracted to big names over the years, most notably Mourinho, he has also taken risks and appointed up-and-coming managers.

For example, Mauricio Pochettino was not exactly proven at EPL level. Levy took a chance on the Argentine, and he managed to get the team to a Champions League final.

In my eyes, ten Hag is in the same category as Pochettino.

The Dutchman has enjoyed huge success with Ajax since taking over in 2017, so he is no stranger to winning silverware. However, he is something of an unknown quantity in England.

Ultimately, it all depends on which direction Levy wants to go.

If he wants instant success but is also willing to fail, he is likely to opt for someone that has already managed in the Premier League. If he wants to build a long-term project, ten Hag could be the perfect candidate.

After all, ten Hag is widely regarded as one of the most tactically astute coaches in European soccer.

Brendan Rodgers (9.00)

Now, this would be a controversial move!

Few could argue that Rodgers isn’t the best British manager in the game at the moment. I mean, he has transformed Leicester City into a genuine top-four contender over the past couple of years.

But that’s the problem – he belongs to Leicester.

The Foxes are on the verge of securing Champions League soccer for next season, unlike Tottenham. On top of that, Rodgers has guided his side to the FA Cup final.

Having managed Liverpool between 2012 and 2015, there is no denying that Rodgers deserves another shot at a “Big Six” job. But right now, leaving Leicester for Tottenham feels like a backwards step, doesn’t it?

Spurs are well within their rights to peruse Rodgers, but the Northern Irishman would need some persuading, especially if Leicester qualifies for the UCL and Tottenham misses out.

Rafael Benitez (11.00)

It’s safe to say that Benitez is far more qualified than any of the other favorites for the Tottenham job.

The Spaniard has managed European giants such as Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, and Real Madrid – winning countless trophies along the way.

Just look at his résumé!

  • UEFA Champions League – (2004/05)
  • UEFA Cup/Europa League – (2003/04, 2012/13)
  • La Liga – (2001/02, 2003/04)
  • FA Cup – (2005/06)
  • Coppa Italia – (2013/14)
  • Supercoppa Italiana – (2010, 2014)
  • FIFA Club World Cup – (2010)
  • UEFA Super Cup – (2005)
  • EFL Championship – (2016/17)

Benitez most recently managed Dalian Pro in the Chinese Super League but parted ways with the club back in January due to the ongoing health crisis.

Given that Benitez’s last EPL job was at Newcastle in 2019, I would be surprised if Tottenham viewed the 61-year-old as a serious candidate to replace Mourinho. Still, Levy has never been afraid to spring surprises.

Massimiliano Allegri (13.00)

Every time a managerial job becomes available at a top European club, Allegri’s name gets mentioned.

The Italian led AC Milan to Serie A glory in 2010/11 before sealing five consecutive Serie A triumphs with Juventus between 2014/15 and 2018/19. However, he has been out of management for almost two years.

It feels like Allegri has been waiting for the right time get back into management – and the vacant Tottenham role could be the perfect opportunity.

Not only is the 51-year-old a proven winner, but he also favors an attractive brand of soccer. His Juventus team was extremely exciting to watch, so the Spurs fans would surely warm to his approach.

Oh, and he’s been learning English for a long time now. Take the hint, Levy!

Scott Parker (13.00)

Don’t get me wrong, Parker is doing an admirable job at Fulham. The young English manager has only enhanced his reputation this season, even though Fulham is on the brink of relegation.

Still, I can’t see Tottenham appointing Parker right now.

Of course, the ex-midfielder played over 50 games for Spurs between 2011 and 2013. He is loved by the club’s supporters and would be a popular appointment in years to come.

But as things stand, I don’t think Parker is ready to make the step up from battling relegation to competing for a Champions League place.

One for the future? Perhaps. But not right now.

Eddie Howe (13.00)

Given that Howe is currently priced at around 1.40 to become the new Celtic manager, it is probably best to steer clear of him when it comes to betting on the next Tottenham manager.

I’m sure the former Bournemouth boss is on Levy’s shortlist, but he looks set to choose Glasgow over London.

Howe took Bournemouth all the way from the bottom of League Two to the Premier League and consistency overachieved on a shoe-string budget. Just imagine what he could achieve with Levy’s money and the current Spurs squad!

I’m confident that Howe will land a high-profile EPL job somewhere down the line, but Celtic feels like a good stepping stone for the 43-year-old.

Ryan Mason (15.00)

Do you think that Levy seriously views Mason as a genuine replacement for Mourinho?

Sure, the 29-year-old has come through the ranks at Tottenham – coaching at various youth levels before getting the top job on an interim basis. But in my opinion, he is nowhere near ready to manage in the EPL.

At the end of the day, Mason has been appointed to oversee first-team matters until a permanent manager is found.

By all accounts, the promising young coach has a future in management. However, I’ll be amazed if he is trusted with taking Spurs forward.

My Next Tottenham Manager Prediction

Ultimately, Levy needs to get this decision right. The chairman has been under pressure for years now, so he can’t afford to make the wrong appointment.

In my eyes, Sarri – the bookies’ favorite – isn’t the right man for the job. He last stint in England ended on a sour note, meaning his Premier League reputation is iffy at best.

I think ten Hag would be a sensible long-term option, although Levy isn’t known for making sensible decisions.

Similarly, I’m sure Rodgers would be able to get the best out of the current Tottenham squad and take the club to the next level. But I can’t see the Leicester boss abandoning the Foxes at the moment.

Having analyzed the favorites for the Tottenham job, I really like the look of Allegri at 13.00. The Italian’s record speaks for itself, so Levy will surely be considering him as realistic option.

Plus, backing Allegri to become the next Tottenham manager could land you a tasty profit.

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Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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