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Next Man Utd Manager: Southgate 5/2 to replace 'outgoing' Ten Hag

Gareth Southgate
England boss Gareth Southgate is favourite to replace Erik Ten Hag

Whether it's needing to win the FA Cup or receiving assurances from the club, Erik ten Hag's future at Manchester United is once again in the headlines. Mike Norman explains...

  • Erik Ten Hag's cut to 5/23.50 from 4/15.00to leave

  • Southgate 5/23.50 favourite to be next United boss

  • Potter and Tuchel also in the frame

England boss Gareth Southgate is the 5/23.50 favourite to be the Next Permanent Man Utd Manager amid reports that Erik ten Hag could leave the club at the end of the season.

It emerged on Saturday that sources close to Ten Hag believe he would be willing to walk away from the Old Trafford hotseat if he didn't get assurances from new part-owners Ineos - fronted by Sir Jim Ratcliffe - about their commitment to him.

But with Manchester United currently seventh in the Premier League and struggling to qualify for any European competiton next season, it's difficult to see a situation in which Ineos would back Ten Hag at this stage.

And it could be a more likely scenario that United sack the Dutchman rather than he walk away.

FA Cup drama sees Ten Hag cut to 5/23.50 to leave

On Sunday, Erik Ten Hag took charge of Manchester United as they locked horns with Championship side Coventry at Wembley.

Heavily odds-on to reach the final, Ten Hag's men cruised to a 3-0 lead early in the second half to see the Red Devils match at 1.011/100 on the Betfair Exchange to win the match.

However, as Coventry pulled one back - and then another - Ten Hag's price in the next Premier League manager to leave market was cut from 4/15.00, into 7/24.50.

That wasn't all.

Mark Robins' Coventry side somehow won a penalty deep into stoppage time and tied the game up at 3-3 to send the semi-final into extra-time. If that wasn't enough drama for Erik Ten Hag, Coventry looked to have won it in the 120th minute, but Victor Torp's goal was chalked off by VAR due to an offiside in the build up.

A motionless Erik Ten Hag was pictured on the Wembley touche line as a sea of Sky Blue celebrated behind him, and around that moment Betfair trimmed his odds even further to be the next Premier League boss to depart (before the end of the season).

That price now stands at 5/23.50 in the market - with Ten Hag the favourite - despite the Red Devils scraping past Coventry on penalites, to set up a tie with another side who don the Sky Blue colours - Manchester City.

Southgate tight-lipped on United speculation

England manager Southgate refused to comment during the latest international break on rumours linking him with the Unied job, saying only that his focus was 100% on winning Euro 24 with the Three Lions.

The 53-year-old has had a largely successful tenure as England boss, leading them to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final, and his stock could rise even further should he lead the Three Lions to success at Euro 24 in the summer, for which they can be backed at 3/14.00.

Other names in the frame to replace Ten Ham include former Brighton and Chelsea manager Graham Potter who has been out of work since being sacked by the Blues 12 months ago.

Potter can be backed at 4/15.00 to be the next United manager, ahead of Julian Nagelsmann at 9/110.00, though the latter has just recently signed a contract extension with the German national team.

Departing Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel is also among the market leaders to succeed Ten Hag and his current price of 10/111.00 could look very big should he lead Bayern to Champions League glory next month.

Now read the betting story of their dramatic FA Cup semi-final vs Coventry!


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