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Where to next for Mauricio Pochettino?

2019-11-21 16:22:12

Judging by today's odds, the football world is expecting Mauricio Pochettino to take over at Bayern Munich following his departure from north London.

Currently, Pochettino is priced at 1/2 to take charge of FC Bayern and they are the bookies' favourites for Pochettino's next post. Second-favourite is Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely to be looking over his shoulder until Pochettino is safely tucked up at another club. Pochettino to take over at Old Trafford is around 5/2 at the moment.

After FC Bayern and Manchester United, the odds shoot out a little, with Real Madrid coming in at 6/1. Zinedine Zidane's side is not faring as bad as many believe, though. They are second in LaLiga, just behind Barcelona on goal difference while also looking to have safely navigated their way through the Champions League group stages.

Speaking of Barcelona, the bookies believe that the Nou Camp is a possible destination for Pochettino. Barcelona is 7/1 (fourth-favourite) to be the team Pochettino manages next.

Pochettino did spend several years in charge of LaLiga's Espanyol, of course, before arriving at Southampton in 2012. A return to Spain is probably very likely for the Argentine.

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Unlikely clubs for Pochettino to take charge of

It's always fun looking at the more 'left-field' betting odds when it comes to markets such as the next job in line for a recently-sacked manager. With Pochettino, it's no different.

Arsenal is the next-most likely club for 'Poch' to arrive at. Imagine that! Logistically and practically it would be perfect for him. But how could he do that to the Spurs faithful?! Simply put, he wouldn't. Arsenal at 8/1 is actually a very poor price as there is little-to-no chance of that move taking place.

It's 20/1 for Pochettino to actually have no job come August 2020. Yes, that's very unlikely indeed and I wouldn't be betting on it.

Some of the more interesting suggestions are the England national team job (33/1), Atletico Madrid (50/1), Chelsea (80/1) and even a possible return to Southampton (100/1).

My money is on Pochettino taking the hot-seat at FC Bayern, however. Niko Kovac is gone, the timing seems right and Pochettino has elevated himself to the upper echelon of managers in world football in the last five years at Spurs.

If Pochettino doesn't move to Bayern Munich then Solskjaer needs to get very worried indeed about his job at Manchester United.

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