Whether you believe that Sky Sports really do have sources, or whether you’re of the opinion that the press were merely latching on to a story that we already knew, yesterday’s developments have seen a real shift in the betting for Tottenham’s next manager.
Louis Van Gaal has been the favourite since Tim Sherwood took over back in December but the Dutchman has shortened in the last 24 hours to an odds on price of 4/7 with BetVictor. Van Gaal said he was sick of the Netherlands job – a post he was due to leave in any event – but having previously confirmed his desire to manage in the Premier League, the 62 year old is favourite by some margin.
In other sections of the media, the claims of Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pochettino are being talked up with additional suggestions that the latter could bring some of the talented Southampton squad along with him.
Pochettino is second favourite at 5/1 with Ladbrokes while Ajax’s De Boer is one of a clutch of potential bosses quoted at the 33/1 figure. One name that doesn’t feature in the gossip columns to any great extent is Jurgen Klinsmann – perhaps the managerial record of former players will count against him but the German is an option at 28/1 with Stan James.
If you feel like wasting your money, Harry Redknapp is at 66/1 while Gus Poyet, Chris Hughton and Dennis Bergkamp are all quoted by a number of outlets.
So Van Gaal remains in front but at a much shorter price while the significant mover is Pochettino. Meanwhile, if you are having a bet, it could take weeks and months before it’s finally settled.