Mauricio Pochettino remains in the managerial wilderness following his shock sacking at Tottenham earlier this season, though the Argentine is likely to feature highly on the shortlists of any leading club seeking a change in coach.
Linked with a host of the continent’s biggest clubs since leaving north London, Pochettino is readily available should any side firm up their interest, but which side is likeliest to be his next destination?
So for those of you who like to bet on EPL games at Betway, here are the five favourites to be Mauricio Pochettino’s next club…
Real Madrid – 9/1
Could a return to Spain be on the cards for the former Espanyol boss?
Pochettino has been tentatively linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent times, though Zinedine Zidane’s decision to return to the pressure-cooker of the Madrid hot seat saw Los Blancos head in a familiar direction.
The Frenchman won three consecutive Champions League titles during his previous spell with the Spanish side, but the club are in a transitional phase at present following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo and the advancing years of stalwarts such as Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric.
That said, Real currently sit level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, whilst they will meet Manchester City in the first leg of a mouth-watering Champions League last-16 tie next month.
How the club navigate this period is likely to determine Zidane’s long term future, with no manager ever fully safe from the relentless demands of the Real hierarchy.
Bayern Munich – 8/1
The German giants are currently assessing their management options, having parted company with Niko Kovac earlier this season and placed Hans-Dieter Flick in charge on an interim basis until the end of the campaign.
Bayern have endured an indifferent season thus far, currently sitting second in the Bundesliga and four points adrift of leaders Leipzig, the club facing a fight to defend the title they have won in each of the past seven seasons.
Pochettino’s stint at Spurs impressed the Bayern board, and he would be provided with the platform to challenge for the game’s biggest honours should he make the move to the Allianz Arena.
The Argentine’s attractive brand of football is likely to appeal to a club possessing some of the finest attacking talents in world football, should they opt for a different direction following Flick’s temporary spell in charge.
Paris Saint-Germain – 6/1
Paris Saint-Germain may undisputedly be the dominant force in French football, but after years of dominance at domestic level it is European success their billionaire owners truly crave.
Thomas Tuchel has once again led the club to the summit of Ligue 1 and into the last-16 of the Champions League, though the German will have to show he has what it takes to make an assault on Europe’s biggest prize after some poor showings in recent seasons.
Should PSG fail to progress as expected, changes could be made and Pochettino’s guiding of Tottenham to last season’s final is likely to have been noticed by the chiefs at Europe’s leading clubs.
Leading Bookies like Betway are aware that Poch previously spent two seasons as a PSG player, and a return to Paris could appeal for both club and coach.
Manchester City – 4/1
Pep Guardiola’s position as Manchester City is amongst the safest in European football, but after a difficult season this time around there has been increased speculation that the Spaniard’s time at the Etihad is coming to an end.
The club have fallen well adrift of Liverpool in this season’s title race, and reports suggest that City boss could potentially walk away at the end of the season.
Guardiola, in public, has denied those suggestions, though he has never spent more than four seasons at one club and has looked an increasingly frustrated figure in recent times, having struggled to replicate his previous success this time around.
Should he choose to leave, City could well consider a move for Pochettino, the 47-year-old proven in the Premier League and possessing a style that would suit the club’s wealth of talent.
The opportunity to work at English football’s most successful club of the last decade would also surely appeal to the Spurs boss, having seen his abilities to compete restricted during his time in north London.
Manchester United – 1/1
The rumour that just won’t go away, Manchester United and Pochettino have been strongly linked for several seasons now as the club struggle to adapt to life since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure almost seven years ago.
The club’s board have said they are sticking by current boss and club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though another indifferent campaign has the club facing an uphill battle to once again secure Champions League football.
Should Solskjaer fail to secure the club’s return to Europe’s elite, his position may become untenable with Pochettino waiting in the wings as his replacement.
The United board’s admiration of the former Spurs coach is no secret, whilst his development of young players and attacking philosophy seemingly suits the Red Devils historical values.
Backed by much greater finances than ever before, he could be the man to restore the club to former glories.