The Contenders To Be Next Southampton Manager
The Next Southampton Manager betting market has taken a little while to settle down since Claude Puel was sacked and it is Frank De Boer who now leads the way for the vacant role after Thomas Tuchel seemingly ruled himself out of the running...
Frank De Boer
From the outside looking in, it seems as though Puel was harshly treated as Saints finished eighth in the Premier League and reached the final of the Capital One Cup last season but the brand of turgid football was too much for the St Mary's faithful and eventually the board to bear.
Puel's' safety-first approach went against the brand of football that Southampton had come to be associated with previously and the challenge for the club is to make an appointment in the mould of Mauricio Pochettino or Ronald Koeman, who enjoyed such success on the South Coast.
Frank de Boer is the front-runner to take over (9/4 with Paddy Power) and he is keen to rebuild his reputation. The Dutchman was a highly-rated manager when he left Ajax but an ill-fated spell with Inter Milan last season has left him out of work and he has had to realign his own expectations for a new job accordingly.
Mauricio Pellegrino is currently the favourite to be next Crystal Palace manager but the Argentine is as short as 8/1 for the Saints position after he left Alaves last month.
Despite reports suggesting Thomas Tuchel doesn't want the Southampton job, the German is still available at around the 14/1 mark. He would be quite a coup for Saints as the 43-year-old is rated as a hot prospect after guiding Dortmund to a DFK Pokal Cup victory and a third place finish in the Bundesliga, although the tempestuous boss was subsequently sacked.
Jaap Stam enjoyed a breakthrough season as a manager with Reading as they lost out in the Championship play-offs to Huddersfield and the former Manchester United might be tempted by the short move down south to St Mary's. Stam is 20/1 for the Southampton job (Bet 365).
Julian Nagelsmann has forged quite a reputation for himself in Germany as the 29-year-old took Hoffenheim from the brink of relegation to a fourth place finish in eighteen months in the Bundesliga. Nagelsmann signed a new contract recently but he is 25/1 for the Southampton job (Bet Victor).
The Best Of The Rest
The aforementioned managers would all take some convincing to move to St Mary's and the Southampton board may have to look elsewhere, with the likes of Paolo Sousa, Eddie Howe, Ryan Giggs and Roy Hodgson all boasting various levels of Premier League experience, and they are in the mix towards the head of the betting...
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