After turning around their fortunes last season with, erm, a Carabao Cup trophy and a top-four finish, the wheels look to have come off for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.
United are bang out of form and in big trouble in both the Premier League and Champions League (after Wednesday night’s 4-3 defeat at FC Copenhagen) having already been dumped out of the League Cup by Newcastle in an embarrassing 3-0 loss at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will happy the FA Cup doesn’t start till January for his side – but will he still be in a job by then?
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With the pressure mounting on the not-so-flying Dutchman, we’ve asked our traders to look into the next Manchester United manager odds for who could replace him.
Here’s the latest runners and riders.
More of an ego manager than a football manager. Zinedine Zidane feels like the boss level Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and had great success at Real Madrid. He was less effective in his second stint there but he could do well with United’s bottomless resources and star names. He might be holding out for the France national team or the PSG job though.
Graham Potter only lasted six months at Chelsea following his move from Brighton and his reputation will have taken a hit as a result. However, the Stamford Bridge side were a bit of a basket case and it felt like more players arrived than the club scored goals in that time.
Julian Nagelsmann was axed by Bayern Munich earlier this year and replaced by Thomas Tuchel. He’s now the manager of the German national team, but would that stop him double-jobbing in Manchester?
He’s a young and progressive manager but is that what United need? Or do the Old Trafford hierarchy want a manager that can win silverware now?
Roberto De Zerbi has done a fantastic job at Brighton, with his side landing a spot in Europe. The Italian has been linked with numerous clubs around Europe, with De Zerbi’s stock rising since he took over at Brighton. Could the Seagulls fend off interest from big suitors? Or will De Zerbi jump ship like Graham Potter?
Former United midfielder Michael Carrick has enjoyed a short spell in the hot seat at Old Trafford and he’s gone on to do a great job at Middlesbrough in the Championship. Well, mostly. He would be a popular appointment with the Old Trafford faithful but could it come too soon?
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone seems like a permanent fixture in the Spanish capital and it’s hard to imagine him prowling any other touchline in his trademark black suit. However, there are consistent rumours of his possible exit and he features prominently on Paddy’s traders’ long list to take on a new challenge.
* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
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