Odds slashed on Ten Hag future
Manchester United's woes continue to escalate following their disappointing 3-0 loss to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. The defeat has once again raised questions about the future of manager Erik ten Hag. Currently sitting in the eighth position in the Premier League, with just 15 points, the club's recent home losses by three goals or more mark a significant low point, not seen since 1962.
The shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson looms large over the managers who have attempted to fill his legendary shoes, including Ralf Rangnick, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, and David Moyes. The pressure is mounting on ten Hag, and there is a growing concern that he might follow the same path as his predecessors.
In light of their recent struggles, the odds of ten Hag being the next manager to depart have significantly shortened, with him now standing as the second favorite to lose his job, behind Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom, at +200.
What's even more intriguing is the list of potential replacements being considered. It's no surprise that former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane tops the bookmakers' list with odds of +400. Additionally, former Bayern Munich and current Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann is at +500, while former Brighton and Chelsea manager Graham Potter is at +750. It's worth noting that Zidane is frequently linked to any significant managerial vacancy that arises.
As of now, Erik ten Hag remains in charge, and with a relatively easier schedule on the horizon, both he and the club hold the proverbial ball in their court. The coming matches will be crucial in determining whether ten Hag can weather the storm and turn the tide for Manchester United. Only time will tell whether he can overcome the mounting pressure and revive the club's fortunes.