Market Movers: Mauricio Pochettino Odds to Leave Spurs Slashed

Market Movers: Mauricio Pochettino Odds to Leave Spurs Slashed

Frustrating start for Spurs

It’s been a rollercoaster start to the season for Tottenham Hotspur.

After acquiring a few additions to their squad and more importantly, keeping hold of their star players in summer, many fans entered the new campaign filled with optimism. They are always a club flirting with the proposition of pushing for a serious title charge, but never manage to gather enough steam to go the full distance.

Such optimistic hopes have quickly fizzled out this season though, with Spurs sitting in 6th place and 5 points off second placed Manchester City. It hasn’t necessarily been a disastrous start from the North London club, as a Champions League spot is still very much achievable. In fact, they are as short as 8/11 to do just this with Paddy Power.

However, CL qualification has become a presumption for Tottenham in recent years and it already looks to be another season where they will fail to exceed such expectations. Their new stadium was supposed to mark the start of a new transitioning period for the club, but it already looks to be the same old story for Spurs.

European nights pile on the misery

Tottenham have endured a relatively inconsistent start in the Premier Legaue, but it isn’t their domestic form that has sent alarm bells ringing around the club. Such turbulence has come from their European performances, where they have picked up just 1 point from 2 games in Group H.

It looked like plain sailing in their first fixture, where they initially led Olympiakos 2-0 after 30 minutes. Such a lead was blown though, with the Greek club fighting back to salvage a point from the game. It was another deflating performance from Spurs, who have been known in the past to blow such a lead.

If Tottenham fans were left disappointed form their opening group game, we dread to know how they felt after their second. Again, Spurs took the lead in their CL fixture through Son Hueng-min, before then finding themselves 4-1 down after 55 minutes to Bayern Munich. There seems to be a common pattern here with the club, who seem to fall apart so easily under pressure.

Things, however, got worse for Pochettino’s men. Harry Kane’s penalty gave fans a glimmer of hope for a potential comeback, before Munich then put another 3 past them. It was the first time in Tottenham history that they had conceded 7 goals at home, on a night that the club will be desperate to put behind them.

Odds slashed on Pochettino to leave

Such humiliation from the German side has subsequently affected Pochettino’s odds to leave the club. Having been priced up at 9/1 to be the next PL manager to leave his post, his odds quickly fell to 5/2 once the game had finished. Such a fall in price often comes from a flurry of punts from bettors, with many spectators clearly feeling like this was the last straw for Poch at the club.

This isn’t the first time that the 47 year old’s odds to leave have dramatically shortened this season. After losing at home to Newcastle and then drawing with Arsenal, the Tottenham manager became the new favourite to leave at 3/1 on September 1st. Put these odds into context – he was 20/1 just a week prior.

Given the frantic nature of football clubs these days and the figures that hold the power, this betting market is always subject to such change. Nobody is necessarily safe in the modern game, with Pochettino’s name now looking the most likely to be the next to leave his club.

His odds are now hovering at 5/2 to leave the club and this price will inevitably change after the weekend. Next up for Spurs is Brighton away in the early kick-off on Saturday. Pochettino’s men are still the big favourites at 10/11 though, with Brighton being 13/5 to get a point. The team’s reaction will be a telling factor as to where this current side collectively are as a group.

Next PL manager to leave odds

Mauricio Pochettino = 5/2

Marco Silva = 10/3

Steve Bruce = 4/1

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer = 5/1

Quique Sanchez Flores = 14/1