Next Chelsea manager odds: Mauricio Pochettino the early favourite | Football


Mauricio Pochettino was last coach of PSG (Picture: Getty)

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the early frontrunner to replace Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea boss.

Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea on Wednesday morning after a poor start to the season that included a dismal 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

A statement from the club read: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to express their gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time at the club. Thomas will deservedly hold a place in Chelsea history, having won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time here.

“As the new ownership group is 100 days since taking over the club and continues their hard work to move the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time for this transition.

“Chelsea’s coaching staff will oversee the team in training and preparing for our upcoming games as the club moves quickly to appoint a new head coach.

“There will be no further comment pending the appointment of a new head coach.”

As for who this new head coach will be, there are two early favorites for the role: Pochettino and Brighton manager Graham Potter.

Next permanent Chelsea managerial odds:

Mauricio Pochettino: 11/8

Graham Potter: 11/4

Brendan Rodgers: 5/1

Zinedine Zidane: 14/1

Marcelo Bielsa: 16/1

Roberto Martinez: 16/1

Ralph Hasenhuttl: 20/1

Diego Simone: 20/1

Massimiliano Allegri: 25/1

John Terry: 33/1

Lucien Favre: 33/1

Thomas Frank: 33/1

Jess March: 33/1

Gareth Southgate: 50/1

Frank Lampard: 50/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair

Pochettino is currently unemployed after being sacked by PSG at the end of last season after a disappointing season and is best known for his stint at one of Chelsea’s biggest rivals Tottenham from 2014-2019.

While he failed to win a silver in North London, Spurs consistently fought for the title, reaching the Champions League final in 2019.

Potter, meanwhile, has been acclaimed for his exciting football and has seen Brighton beat his weight with the Seagulls currently fourth in the table.

Other notable names on the shortlist include struggling Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and Chelsea legend John Terry, who is still waiting to take his first managerial job.

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