Next Permanent Manager of Man Utd odds following interim appointment of Ralf Rangnick
Manchester United have a new manager at the helm, Ralf Rangnick, who has signed a six-month deal to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. He'll then stay on at the club for a further two years in an advisory role.
It's fantastic news for the Premier League as yet another hugely influential manager arrives on English soil, here at The Sack Race we await with eager anticipation as the German looks to embed his high-press, attack-minded philosophy in a new environment. It promises to be an entertaining ride.
For those of you who are intrigued as to who could be appointed on a permanent basis further down the line in the summer, then you've come to the right place.
Both Paddy Power and Betfair are now offering odds on the managerial market for the start of the 2022/23 season, which we’ve taken a look at below…
Mauricio Pochettino the favourite
To the surprise of absolutely no one the manager whom Man Utd have been hotly linked with for years is the 4/6 odds-on favourite for the full-time job.
At one point a move looked like it could potentially materialise in the aftermath of Solskjaer’s exit a week ago, with rumours swirling that Pochettino wasn’t happy at current club PSG and craved a return to the Premier League.
Alas, it was not to be on this occasion, but expect speculation to be rife over the course of the next six months.
Come the summer Pochettino may have added some more silverware to his managerial CV, with PSG challenging for all honours domestically and in Europe.
Ralf Rangnick 4/1 to prolong his stay in the dugout
Ralf Rangnick has penned a six-month deal as interim manager and will then stay on at the club for a further two years in a consultancy role. It’s being reported that he’ll have a big influence on who replaces him in the dugout in the summer.
The German’s immediate task will be rejuvenating a talented collection of individuals who are currently struggling to perform as a team. It’s going to be intriguing to see how he executes his methods over the next six months, but should he deliver a trophy - or two - could his managerial contract be extended?
He’s currently 4/1 to stay on next season as manager.
Could Man Utd go Dutch again?
One manager who caught the attention of many Man Utd supporters last week was Erik ten Hag.
The Dutchman is currently loving life at Ajax where he’s won five trophies and has a 73% win rate. He could be on course for more honours this season with his side top of the table and through to the knockout-stages of the Champions League.
His dazzling brand of football and ability to transform young starlets into big names are other key attractions.
Pochettino is likely to be the No.1 target, but should that hit a roadblock, then the 9/2-priced Ten Hag could potentially follow in the footsteps of Louis van Gaal and become the second Dutchman to manage Man Utd.
Rodgers rumours could resurface
Celtic fans were left fuming when Brendan Rodgers left the club mid-way through their treble-treble season.
Rodgers has since done a tremendous job at Leicester City where he’s delivered consecutive top-five finishes, got the club challenging for the Champions League spots, and conjured up FA Cup glory.
He’s since swatted away chatter about a move to Spurs, then Man Utd, which was undoubtedly music to the ears of concerned Foxes fans.
We’ll have to see what his stance is in the summer should United make an official approach, for the time being he could well attract a little bit of attention at 20/1.
How about some 33/1 shots?
It’s pretty evident that either Man Utd don’t want Zinedine Zidane or the Frenchman doesn’t want Man Utd. Either way, the former Real Madrid boss appears more than content to enjoy his time away from the dugout, and seems happy to wait it out for an opening with France.
It’s incredibly difficult to see Julian Nagelsmann leave Bayern Munich after a single season, while come the summer Spain manager Luis Enrique will only be a few months away from Qatar 2022, as will Roberto Martinez.
Diego Simeone is always an interesting one to ponder. The long-serving Atletico Madrid manager is up there with the best bosses in the business, most of whom are now employed in the Premier League. Could he become the latest 'Super Gaffer' to dart over to England? We'd love it.
Any big outsiders?
If the next permanent Man Utd manager isn’t one of the names we’ve already mentioned we’ll be absolutely staggered.
However, you just never know what could happen.
England’s Gareth Southgate, who has just signed a new deal, is a 40/1 shot to suddenly leave his post before the World Cup to manage United. It’s just not going to happen.
Juventus’ Max Allegri is also priced at 40/1, as is former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde who was linked with the interim job.
French duo Didier Deschamps and Laurent Blanc are both 50/1, alongside Carlo Ancelotti, Marco Rose and Michael Carrick, whereas Paulo Fonseca is available at 66/1, before things get a little farfetched with Roy Keane at 100/1, Big Sam at 250/1, and Usain Bolt at 500/1!