Next Chelsea manager – latest odds: Pochettino early favourite to replace Tuchel but Potter, Rodgers & Zidane all in mix | The Sun
7th September 2022

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has been installed as the bookies' favourite to replace Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel was sacked as Chelsea boss this morning after their hugely disappointing defeat to Dinamo Zagreb last night.

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Bookmakers Betfair make the ex-Tottenham boss 11/8 to take over at Stamford Bridge – just ahead of Brighton boss Graham Potter.

Tuchel watched on frustratingly as his Blues side stuttered to defeat in their opening Champions League game.

That result left him with just two wins from the club's last six games.

They currently sit sixth in the Premier League but only five points off Arsenal at the summit.

However, the new owners – who have only just reached 100 days in control of the club – have moved to axe the manager that brought in the Champions League and Super Cup during his tenure.

In their statement they promised a swift process to appoint their new boss.

Might that include Pochettino? The Argentinian has been out of work since leaving PSG in the summer.

He has been linked with top roles across Europe since and would likely jump at the chance to join a Champions League side.

Seagulls boss Potter is close behind in the betting at 11/4 with Betfair.

Chelsea are reportedly set to ask Brighton for permission to speak to the 47-year-old about the vacancy.

Potter has worked his magic to get the seasiders in a lofty fourth spot in the Premier League.

His only blemish coming in a defeat to Fulham but he already has beaten Manchester United, West Ham and Leeds, before guiding to his side to thumping 5-2 win over Leicester.

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More than just the results, his style of football has caught the eye of many across English football.

He's another who is likely to jump at the opportunity should it arise.

As would the third favourite Brendan Rodgers, currently a 5/1 shot with Betfair.

Rodgers was a heavy odds-on shot to lose his job next folllowing Scott Parker's dismissal before Tuchel beat him to it.

Rodgers has worked at Chelsea before but is struggling so far this campaign with the Foxes picking up just a single point so far this season.

Zinedine Zidane is 14/1 and is another out-of-work boss who could be eyeing a root back in.

Next Chelsea manager

Betfair 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 Simeone: 20/1
  • Massimiliano Allegri: 25/1
  • John Terry 33/1
  • Lucien Favre 33/1
  • Thomas Frank 33/1
  • Jesse Marsch: 33/1
  • Gareth Southgate 50/1
  • Frank Lampard: 50/1

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He is another that is reportedly set to be spoken to about the vacancy as the new hierarchy look for their first appointment.

Amongst those at bigger prices sees Diego Simeone at 20/1 and Massimiliano Allegri at 25/1.

While club legends John Terry (33/1) and Frank Lampard (50/1) are bigger prices to rejoin the club.

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Mauricio Pochettino is the 11/8 favourite to be the next Chelsea manager after Thomas Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday morning.

"Brighton boss Graham Potter follows behind at 11/4, with under-pressure Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers 5/1 to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

"Meanwhile, Chelsea legend John Terry is a 33/1 outsider to succeed Tuchel.”

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