The bookmaker odds on the next Premier League manager to leave his post proved to be accurate. Nathan Jones was sacked by Southampton after his club lost to ten-man Wolves at home. He was the ninth manager to leave his job since the start of the season and the Saints became the first team this year to make a second managerial change. Southampton and Leeds are now looking for their next manager. If the odds are once again correct, there are some clear-cut favourites, who will hope to make significant changes and save their respective clubs’ season around.
Nathan Jones took over at Southampton on 7 November, taking over from Ralph Hasenhüttl. The team was then in 18th place. His stint only lasted 97 days and he was fired on the 12th of February, with the Saints at the bottom of the Premier League table. In order to avoid relegation, Southampton has to cover a 4-point margin from Leeds United (who have one more game to play at the time of Jones’s replacement). It is a hard but doable task and it remains to be seen who the team board will trust as their next manager.
The favourite is Steven Gerrard. The former England captain made his name as a manager with Rangers, before landing the Aston Villa job. His stint there wasn’t as successful and he is now looking for his next challenge. He seems like the number-one choice as Southampton’s next manager. When the odds were initially published, he was offered at 6.00, alongside Jesse Marsch (who was just sacked by Leeds United, but more on this later on), but minutes later they were adjusted.
The top names on the next manager odds list also include Marcelo Gallardo, Mauricio Pochettino, Rafa Benitez, and the escape artist himself, Sam Allardyce.
Leeds are also looking for the next manager. Their next permanent manager that is. After Jesse Marsch was fired, reserve team coach Michael Skubala was appointed as interim manager and he led the team to an away draw against Manchester United in Old Trafford. The board announced they would keep him for the reverse fixture, four days later at Elland Road, but insisted that a permanent first team manager will be hired.
Of course, if his team does win against the Red Devils, nobody can rule out a possible permanent appointment. Bookmakers offer Skubala as the fifth favourite. For the Peacocks there seems to be a clear frontrunner as the next manager of the team. And that is Alfred Schreuder. The Dutch coach, a former assistant of Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag at Ajax, was just fired by the Dutch giants and is looking for a new club.
Among the strong outsiders, Andoni Iraola, Arne Slot, and (once again) Steven Gerrard are the names thrown around.
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