The Premier League season concluded this past Sunday, and we already had the first casualty of the summer as Brighton manager Chris Hughton was sacked.
The Seagulls did stay up, but they didn’t win in their last nine matches, and had only won three out of their last 23. So, as the odds started to generate for the next Brighton manager, my eye got attracted to other manager specials across the continent. Therefore, here are the current manager specials you can bet on across all bookmaker sites, and some further insight to help you with your decision on what to back!
Next Brighton Manager
As soon as the news surfaced, Swansea manager Graham Potter was the favourite to take over. It’s surely a matter of time before this manager is given the opportunity to manage in the Premier League, and it appears the Brighton chairman is trying to get in there before any other club makes a move.
Graham Potter earned a reputation by going abroad to coach Ostersund, and won them back to back promotions to the top flight in Swedish football, and also won the Swedish National Cup. He also qualified them for Europe, and managed to beat Arsenal in one leg of their European run.
In his first season in charge at Swansea, he was unable to get them straight back to the Premier League, but they certainly didn’t underperform. He looks a shoe-in for the job role, but other names include Phil Neville, Frank Lampard and Bristol City manager Lee Johnson. However, I just feel that these names have been thrown out of thin air. I’d back Potter to succeed Hughton.
Next Brighton Manager Odds:
Graham Potter – 1/6
Phil Neville – 5/1
Frank Lampard – 10/1
Lee Johnson – 14/1
David Moyes – 22/1
Next Permanent Chelsea Manager
Mauricio Sarri has had mixed reviews in his first season, but undoubtedly he has made progress for Chelsea. They finished 3rd in the Premier League, securing a Champions League spot for next season which was their main goal. Not only that, but they have reached the Europa League final, so he could win some silverware in what has been a difficult season.
So, why might he leave? Defeats away from home to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Bournemouth, Liverpool, and that 6-0 defeat to Manchester City shows there was a huge flaw to Sarri’s philosophy, and some could argue they have only reached 3rd position due to the awful form of their direct competitors.
Chelsea managers don’t usually get given a lot of time, so that’s why you can get decent odds on Steve Holland, former Chelsea assistant manager, and current England assistant manager at 7/4. The Blues may give him a run as coach instead. Elsewhere, Frank Lampard is a club legend, and following a successful first season with Derby, they may be tempted to secure his services once again.
Chelsea tend to go for high-profile managers, so Diego Simeone and Massimilano Allegri could happen.
Next Permanent Chelsea Manager Odds:
Steve Holland – 7/4
Frank Lampard – 5/2
Diego Simeone – 6/1
Nuno Espírito Santo – 8/1
Massimilano Allegri – 12/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – How long will he last?
Manchester United fans will be questioning whether Ed Woodward acted prematurely by giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a long term contract, as the club’s form has deteriorated massively since. Only two wins from 10 matches was all they could achieve, and even in those two successes they were outplayed.
Let’s not forget, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had turned around the club in three months after Jose Mourinho had left, as they qualified them for the Champions League quarter finals, and made them the most in-form team in the Premier League, clawing back a 11-point deficit on the top four.
Bookmakers are not releasing odds on the next Manchester United manager, but instead giving options of how long Solskjaer can last before he is the next United manager to be sacked. The fans gave up on David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, but will they turn their back on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
The most likely option is that he will leave at some point during next season at 2/5, with their realistic odds of him being sacked before the next game of the season. Could the United board make a U-Turn?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Odds:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave Man Utd before the end of the 2019/20 season – 2/5
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave Man Utd before the end of 2019 – 9/4
Ole Gunnar Solskjar to leave Man Utd before the first game of the 2019/20 season – 5/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be the first Premier League manager sacked in the 2019/20 season – 10/1
Arsene Wenger’s Next Managerial Job?
Remember him? Arsene Wenger? One of the greatest managers in Premier League history, as he had lead Arsenal to win the Premier League title three times, including one unbeaten season.
He also won a record 6 FA Cups, surpassing all before him. His Arsenal career was getting worse before it was getting better though, and he mutually agreed to step down as he couldn’t take them in the right direction. After a year out, and him continuously saying he has NOT retired – where will he end up?
Backing him to not be at a club by August is favourite at 4/7, but Bayern Munich have been rumoured to be interested in his services, and huge clubs like AC Milan and PSG are also relatively short odds. He may also return back to Monaco, who have had a disastrous season by their standards, and their board may look for another change and Wenger could be the man to turn their fortunes around.
If we were to see him return to the Premier League, Everton is the club most likely to hire him, but that’s at 28/1.
Arsene Wenger’s Next Job Odds:
No Club or Country by 1st August 2019 – 4/7
Bayern Munich – 6/1
Monaco – 8/1
AC Milan – 9/1
PSG – 10/1
Real Madrid – 10/1
Juventus – 14/1
France – 18/1
Everton – 28/1
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