Tottenham next manager odds: Maurizio Sarri favourite for Spurs job with Rodgers and Nagelsmann in the frame
MAURIZIO SARRI is still the leading contender to be appointed Tottenham's next permanent manager.
That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced the Italian veteran at 11/4 to succeed Jose Mourinho in North London.
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The Portuguese, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019, was given his marching orders after 17 months in charge – six days before the Carabao Cup final.
Chairman Daniel Levy's gamble of appointing Ryan Mason as caretaker manager didn't pay off with Manchester City winning the competition for a record-equalling fourth time in succession.
Now without a trophy since 2008 and facing the prospect of losing talisman Harry Kane – Sarri is the favourite to take the reins.
The former Chelsea and Juventus boss was priced at 16/1 in the immediate aftermath of Jose's dismissal.
But that price shortened to 5/1 after reports Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made contact with the 62-year-old's agent, Fali Ramadani.
He's now available at just 11/4 to be appointed Tottenham's next permanent manager after further backing in the betting market.
Tottenham next manager odds – Betfair
- Maurizio Sarri – 11/4
- Julian Nagelsmann – 5/1
- Brendan Rodgers – 6/1
- Erik ten Hag – 9/1
- Scott Parker – 9/1
- Ryan Mason – 9/1
- Rafa Benitez – 10/1
- Nuno Espirito Santo – 10/1
- Eddie Howe – 11/1
- Graham Potter – 14/1
- Roberto Martinez – 14/1
- Jurgen Klinsmann – 16/1
- Marcelino – 16/1
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Sarri left Chelsea with a 61 per cent win rate and guided the club to a Europa League triumph during the 2018-19 campaign.
He also helped Juventus to the Serie A title before being relieved of his duties in August following their elimination from the Champions League.
However, it might not be that straightforward bringing Sarri to North London.
There's the obvious issue of his former stint at Chelsea AND several Italian clubs are reportedly showing interest in his services.
SunSport understand that highly-rated RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is the club's top candidate.
But the growing chances of Sarri's arrival paired with interest from Bayern Munich has seen his price weaken.
The 33-year-old was offered at 9/4 but has drifted out to 5/1.
Nagelsmann has a growing reputation as one of the most exciting coaches in European football having taken Leipzig to the semi-finals of the Champions League in his first season in charge.
Away from the leading pair is Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers at 6/1 with Rafa Benitez and Nuno Espirito Santo both offered at 10s.
However, former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp doesn't think Sarri would 'excite' supporters, nor could they land Nagelsmann, Nuno, Rafa or Rodgers.
He said: "It hasn't worked out with Jose Mourinho, now the next manager has to be the right one, otherwise the pressure will really grow.
"Maurizio Sarri will not excite the Spurs fans one bit, not one bit.
"You'd imagine Julian Nagelsmann will go and take the Bayern Munich job. Nuno Espirito Santo – does that excite me? Not sure.
"Scott Parker looks like he might be going down with Fulham, but has history with Tottenham.
"Rafa Benitez? No. Brendan Rodgers, would you leave Leicester now, where you have established something?"
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