After Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League with a whimper last night, we’ve been forced to cut the odds of Jose Mourinho also making an early exit from Old Trafford.
We’re now offering odds of 2/1 that the ‘Special One’ won’t be in the Red Devils hot seat come the start of the 2018/19 season – in from 10/1 before last night’s defeat to Sevilla.
The chances of seeing out his contract – which runs until 2020 – are even slimmer, with odds of 5/6 that he doesn’t last his full term.
With Mourinho criticised for the brand of football he has brought to Manchester, the high-pressing and fast-flowing style of Mauricio Pochettino is favourite to replace him. The Spurs boss is rated at 3/1 to take over from Mourinho.
Other likely contenders for the United job include Carlo Ancelotti, Joachim Löw and Diego Simeone (all 8/1). Club legend and former interim boss Ryan Giggs is at 50/1 to return as the next permanent manager.
Punters can even get odds of 100/1 that Frank de Boer – the latest manager to be tangled in a public spat with Mourinho – replaces the current United boss.
PSG is the favourite destination for Mourinho (5/2), with roles as manager of the Portuguese national team (3/1) or a return to Chelsea (10/1) likely alternatives.
Asked about Mourinho’s position spokesman Paddy Power said: “With City running away with the league and United dumped out of Europe, it looks as though the days of Mourinho as the ‘Special One’ could be over. You have to feel for Jose though, it’s not like he’s been able to spend over £300 million on players since he took over at United…”
JOSE MOURINHO SPECIALS
To leave Man United before the start of the 2018/19 season – 2/1
To still be Man United manager at the start of the 2018/19 season – 1/3
To leave Man United before the end of his current contract – 5/6
To see out full duration of current Man United contract – 5/6
JOSE MOURINHO NEXT MANAGERIAL ROLE
PSG – 5/2
Portuguese national team – 3/1
Russian national team – 5/1
Inter Milan – 7/1
Chelsea – 10/1
Mauricio Pochettino – 3/1
Carlo Ancelotti – 8/1
Joachim Löw – 8/1
Diego Simeone 8/1
Massimilliano Allegri – 8/1
- For a full list of managerial specials, visit here.
* All odds correct at time of posting.