An announcement at the start of 2018 had David Beckham presenting his own Major League Soccer side, with hopes of the former player setting a massive stamp on American soccer. Club Internacional de Futbol Miami - better known as Inter Miami - will join the MLS in the 2020 season next year, but there's started to be more of a focus on Inter Miami manager odds as the club look to start on the front foot.
It will come as no surprise to see that most of the names linked to Inter Miami CF are legends of the game, with former Juventus and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane standing as a firm 2/1 favourite on BetVictor. Zinedine Zidane caused enough of a shock last summer in choosing to step down as Real Madrid manager despite winning his third successive Champions League for the club as manager days prior, but whether he'd wait another year before returning to management is a different question.
Zidane now more likely to join Inter Miami than Manchester United
Once priced as the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, the incredible start seen by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prompted Zinedine Zidane's odds to drop to 14/1. Although some bookmakers now offer Manchester United next manager odds at 4/1 for the Frenchman to take the helm this summer, it now appears to be between Solskjaer and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino for the position at Old Trafford.
Almost immediately after leaving Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane was tipped to become Qatar national team manager, with a lot of criticism going his way due to the excessive wages being mentioned if the move were to come into fruition. Zinedine Zidane never joined Qatar, leaving his odds to drop in running for the Manchester United job before becoming clear favourite for the first ever Inter Miami CF manager job.
Through the link between Zidane and former teammate David Beckham who owns Internacional de Futbol Miami, it could be argued that there's a lot of sense behind the World Cup winner being appointed. Aside from a scattering of public appearances across the globe, there's been very little sign of Zinedine Zidane since he left Real Madrid last summer, and whether he would choose to keep that up until Inter Miami step into the MLS next season could determine the likelihood of him taking the job.
Candidates in the Inter Miami Manager Odds market
As Zinedine Zidane next club odds continue to fluctuate, alternative options have been included in the BetVictor market for other capable managers to step into the position. Patrick Vieira has eight wins and eight draws from twenty-six games in charge of Nice and appears to be a worthy candidate, currently priced at 6/1. He won the 1998 World Cup alongside Zinedine Zidane, making it all the more interesting that both are seen as frontrunners.
Another French football icon is priced as the third favourite, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger given 8/1 odds. Speculation has seen Bayern Munich and AC Milan as potential destinations for the experienced Premier League boss, as well as the option for Arsene Wenger to remain out of a job until next season, so waiting until 2020 for the Inter Miami job could suit Wenger down to the ground.
After these three French legends, another twenty-nine names feature on the BetVictor website. Both Sven Goran Eriksson and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone are priced the same as Arsene Wenger at 8/1, with a larger 12/1 price for Crystal Palace flop Frank de Boer or former Everton and LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan.
Other notable names include former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup at 16/1, Roy Keane at 16/1, another former Real Madrid boss in Carlo Ancelotti at 20/1, and a horrendously unlikely shout for Sam Allardyce at odds of 25/1.
A handful of the larger prices would arguably make more sense than the likes of Landon Donovan, Sven Goran Eriksson or Sam Allardyce, with Thierry Henry being another former French superstar at 33/1, Premier League winner Antonio Conte priced at 40/1, and enhanced odds for former Manchester United players in Gary Neville at 33/1, Jaap Stam at 33/1, Ryan Giggs at 50/1, Laurent Blanc at 20/1, and even legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson at 50/1.