Southampton manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is still the favourite to be the next Spurs’ boss following Tim Sherwood’s sacking on Tuesday, and since Sherwood’s sacking, Pochettino has been steadily backed in to odds on favourite.
Pochettino is now as short as 2/5 with some bookies and is generally available at 1/2 with the majority. The best price available on him is the 8/13 you can currently get with Ladbrokes.
Previous favourite, Frank de Boer of Ajax, has now drifted out to second favourite and is now a best price of 7/2 with BetVictor.
Of the other candidates, Rafa Benitez is 6/1 with Betfred, and David Moyes is 14/1 with Skybet.
I’m not sure I’d be backing Pochettino at that price, according to Telegraph Sport, he has a clause in his contract saying that Pochettino himself has to pay it up if he leaves early, which could amount to £2M.
One way around this is for Pochettino to pay the contract up, with Spurs giving him a signing on fee to cover the payment. The only problem with that is, can anyone imagine Daniel Levy saying ‘of course we will cover the cost,’ I’d be very surprised.
I’m not saying that I think Pochettino won’t get the job – he may, or he may not – just that a lot of water still has to pass under a lot of bridges for it to happen. I’m not so sure that at heavy odds on favourite, this represents good value on all of this happening.
On the Betfair betting exchange, Pochettino is trading at around the 1.80 – 1.85 mark, but the market has been fairly quiet. With the Manchester United next manager market soon to be concluded, I expect it may liven up somewhat.