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Next Man Utd Manager Odds: Graham Potter favourite ahead of Gareth Southgate

With speculation around Erik ten Hag’s future ongoing, we’ve priced up Manchester United’s next manager, with Graham Potter slight favourite at 3/1.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “With Dan Ashworth reportedly set for Old Trafford, people are looking for links to the well regarded Sporting Director and the likes of Graham Potter, Gareth Southgate, as well as Roberto De Zerbi fit that bill.”

There will be plenty of managerial movement in the summer, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool all looking for new managers. The likes of De Zerbi, Ruben Amorim and even Mikel Arteta are being linked with the soon-to-be-vacant posts, creating more vacancies in dugouts across Europe.

The highly regarded Xabi Alonso has swiftly inserted himself in the top tier of managers, but his commitment to Bayer Leverkusen for another year means Liverpool and Bayern must cast their nets a little wider, nudging United down the pecking order.

Amorim has been touted as the next manager of a number of Europe’s big boys, but with Barcelona and Liverpool reportedly interested, United will likely have to look elsewhere.

The INEOS-led partial takeover will likely mean the Red Devils are looking for a new manager at the end of the season – if they’re not already – with Erik ten Hag admitting he wouldn’t have taken over at Old Trafford if he’d not been allowed control over transfers.

Having overseen the signings of Antony and Casemiro for a combined £140m, Ten Hag could count himself lucky to have control over transfers at any club, but at Manchester United, where Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already said INEOS will have the final say over the team’s style of play amongst other parts of the job, he’s got no chance, and unless the Dutchman compromises some of his priorities, he’ll be leaving Manchester in the summer.

Manchester United don’t need a manager who’ll bring their own style of play; they need one who’ll implement what the club decide, and current favourite Potter fits that bill.

One of Ashworth’s first moves upon joining Brighton was to appoint Potter, an appointment that paid dividends. In Potter’s second season, the Seagulls found themselves battling relegation eventually finishing 16th, but Potter and Brighton won plaudits for their style of play and performances, with their xGD across the campaign being the fifth best in the league.

In his third and final season, Potter finally saw some rewards for his efforts, finishing in the top half, with a better xGD than Manchester United.

Potter had earned a move to a bigger club, but Chelsea may have been too much too soon, lasting just 31 games in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

But as we’ve seen this season under an elite coach in Mauricio Pochettino, managing Chelsea is no walk in the park, and it may be harsh to judge Potter on his seven months in West London.

Should United look elsewhere, Gareth Southgate is second favourite. It is thought Southgate will leave the Three Lions after this summer’s Euros, and although Southgate has a close link with Ashworth, international managers don’t always replicate their achievements at club level and vice versa. With Southgate 15 years removed from his only club job – an uninspiring spell at Middlesbrough – the England boss would represent a huge gamble for United.

De Zerbi and Amorim are next in the betting both priced at 8/1, but both have been linked with bigger jobs and are likely to pass over Manchester United. Brentford's Thomas Frank is also 8/1 and has done a superb job at the Gtech Community Stadium, guiding the Bees to the Championship play-offs in his first full season, going up the season after and securing two safe mid-table finishes in the Premier League. But United may want a manager with more pedigree.

Of course, the challenging part for United if they do want a manager with more pedigree is finding one who's willing to take the job. Julian Nagelsmann is 9/1 and could potentially be persuaded if Germany have a disappointing home Euros, and the former RB Leipzig boss may be forced to take a step down after being sacked as Bayern Munich manager a year ago.

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