Chelsea Next Manager Odds: Graham Potter, Mauricio Pochettino Betting Favorites After Thomas Tuchel Sacked
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Chelsea Next Manager Odds
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter and former Tottenham/Paris Saint-Germain Mauricio Pochettino are the substantial betting favorites after Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea on Wednesday.
Brighton has already granted Chelsea permission to begin negotiations for their world-class manager, who has led the low-budget squad to safety in six straight Premier League seasons.
The former Swansea City manager has also developed a number of solid Premier League talents, including Ben White (Arsenal), Yves Bissouma (Tottenham), Marc Cucurella (Chelsea) and Moises Caicedo.
Potter has long been linked with Chelsea since Tuchel’s foibles began late last season — and especially since the club changed owners from Roman Abramovich to Todd Boehly.
Potter’s odds at +187 (34.8% implied odds) are available at bookmakers.co.uk, a sportsbook that’s only available in the United Kingdom. This marketplace is not yet available at any major American sportsbook.
Meanwhile, Pochettino has the second-best odds at +300 in a move that would anger Tottenham supporters everywhere.
The former Argentine international coached Tottenham to a Champions League final and a runner-up spot in the Premier League over his five seasons at the helm.
Most recently, he served as the gaffer for PSG, where he won a Ligue 1 title and another trophy before being ousted by Kylian Mbappé amid philosophical differences, and a quarterfinal exit during the Champions League.
Pochettino is currently jobless and would be free to join Chelsea as soon as possible. His odds of +300 imply a probability of 25% that Poch will become the Blues’ new manager.
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The other three coaches in the mix are Ralph Hassenhuttl (+600), Brendan Rodgers (+1200) and Massimiliano Allegri (+1200).
None are currently available, which each mired in the crux of a grueling season caused by the insert of the World Cup from November to December.
Hassenhüttl’s odds of +600 are the best of the group, with implied odds of 14.3% that he takes the Chelsea mantle. The Austrian manager has led Southampton admirably over the past four seasons, avoiding relegation after a midseason appointment in 2018 and staying firmly above water in each of the following three years.
Rodgers and Allegri, meanwhile, are known and respected entities throughout the football world. Rodgers has won an FA Cup and an FA Community Shield with Leicester City. Leicester also narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot for the 2020-21 season.
Allegri has won four Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia crowns with Juventus and finished as the runner-up in the Champions League twice.