Southampton manager favourite on Premier League Sack Race market
Mauricio Pochettino’s future at St Mary’s is in doubt following the departure of Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese, with the Argentine now even money to be the next Premier League manager out of a job.
January 16th, 2014
Pochettino had threatened to walk away from the club last season as Cortese hovered near the exit door, although the latter has now left St Mary’s and it remains to be seen whether new non-executive chairwoman Katharina Liebherr can persuade the manager to stay.
Cortese had previously paved the way for Markus Liebherr’s £14m purchase of the south coast club in 2009, although his passing away now sees Katharina in charge of proceedings and she clearly has a different view of the direction that the club should take.
“I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here,” Pochettino said back in May. “The person who actually called me from the start, told me about the project and put the faith in me was Nicola.”
“With great regret we have accepted the resignation of Mr Cortese,” said Katharina in a statement. “He has done a wonderful job at the club and we very much wanted him to stay. A search has now begun for a successor. In the meantime, it is business as usual and we will ensure that the manager, the team and all the staff at the club have all the help and support they need.”
Pochettino is a best price 6/5 in the infamous Premier League Sack Race betting market, with Chris Hughton the other top flight manager who looks to be nearest the exit door, although it was only a week ago that Sam Allardyce was a 2/5 shot and he is now as big as 10/1 on this market.