Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of securing UEFA Champions League football for next season were all but ended yesterday following a 3-1 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road.
Despite seeing Son Heung-min cancel out Stuart Dallas’ opener with a cool and composed finish, Leeds, who were beaten 3-0 by Spurs in the reverse fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in January, came roaring back thanks to goals either side of half time from Patrick Bamford and Spaniard Rodrigo.
Defeat in West Yorkshire has left Spurs’ hopes of gaining Champions League qualification for next season in tatters, with the club now seven points shy of fourth-placed Leicester City with just three games of the season to go.
Failure to qualify for European club football’s top-level competition could have a significant impact on who they can attract to become their next head coach, with chairman Daniel Levy’s search to appoint Jose Mourinho’s successor still ongoing.
Mourinho, who has already sealed a return to management, with it being announced on Tuesday that he will take charge of Italian giants Roma ahead of the start of next season, was axed three weeks ago tomorrow, with Levy having already suffered blows in relation to his hopes of appointing either Julian Nagelsmann or Erik ten Hag as his replacement.
Nagelsmann was immediately installed as the favourite with the bookmakers to replace Mourinho, but Bayern Munich moved quickly to secure the services of the highly-rated RB Leipzig boss, confirming he will replace Hansi Flick ahead of the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Ten Hag, meanwhile, has put pen to paper on a new contract at Ajax, meaning he is also out of the running.
Other names to have been heavily linked with the job include the likes of Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter of Brighton & Hove Albion and even Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.
However, overnight, the odds have massively reduced on Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, with him now the favourite to replace Mourinho in north London.
After being priced at 20/1 by SkyBet, the 45-year-old Italian is now the favourite for the job at just 9/4.
Inzaghi, who has worked his way up through the youth systems as a coach and manager at Lazio, currently has the Italian outfit sat sixth in Serie A with four matches left to play.
Fulham chief Scott Parker, Potter and Rodgers are all currently joint-second favourites, with odds on those three currently being offered at 7/1.
Just behind those three, Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo, former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez and German Ralf Rangnick are priced at 12/1.
Meanwhile, current stand-in boss Ryan Mason is priced at 20/1.
Here is the full list of current odds, courtesy of SkyBet:
Simone Inzaghi – 9/4
Brendan Rodgers – 7/1
Graham Potter – 7/1
Scott Parker – 7/1
Nuno Espirito Santo – 12/1
Rafael Benitez – 12/1
Ralf Rangnick – 12/1
Antonio Conte – 14/1
Roberto Martinez – 14/1
Eddie Howe – 18/1
Hansi Flick – 18/1
Julen Lopetegui – 18/1
Maurizio Sarri – 18/1
Jurgen Klinsmann – 20/1
Ryan Mason – 20/1
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Massimiliano Allegri – 22/1
Mauricio Pochettino – 22/1
Ralph Hasenhuttl – 22/1
Erik ten Hag – 25/1
Marcelo Bielsa – 25/1
Gareth Southgate – 28/1
Joachim Low – 28/1
Ledley King – 28/1
*All odds are correct at the time of publication.