Klinsmann favourite for the Saints job
Jurgen Klinsmann has now emerged as the surprising favourite for the Southampton managers job. Since Ronald Koeman's departure to Everton, a number of names have been linked with the hotseat at St. Mary's though the odds on the German have been slashed dramatically in the last 24 hours.
Kilnsmann is currently in charge of the United States national team and led them to the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario on home soil. The former Spurs striker has settled in the States since retiring from the game but in the eyes of the bookmakers he could well be set for a return to English football. Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini had been the favourite for the job but a dramatic shift has seen Kilnsmann become odds on to replace Ronald Koeman. Both Skybet and Bet365 are offering the best odds on the switch happening though in reality there is little value in the market at a price of just 1/2.
The news is somewhat surprising given the lack of coverage towards the story in the press but such short odds suggest the bookies certainly believe that this could be on the cards. Just last week the odds on move happening were a huge 66/1 to win with BetVictor so this is certainly one that has come out of the blue. However with the USA's participation in the Copa America now draw towards its end, is Klinsmann now set for a return to the Premier League?
The aforementioned Manuel Pellegrini remains the second favourite as he seeks a quick return to management after being dismissed by Manchester City. The Chilean was in fact heavily linked with the Everton job before the vacancy was ultimately filled by Ronald Koeman. It's believed that Pellegrini would be keen on remaining in the Premier League and the South Coast club could provide him with that platform. The odds on Pellegrini do remain short which suggest the bookies still firmly believe he is in the reckoning. Whilst some bookies have him as short as 7/4, you can find the 62-year-old at a best price of 3/1 with Paddy Power.
Another man who was also linked to the Everton job, Frank de Boer has also been linked with the Southampton job and with the former Ajax manager reportedly keen on working in the Premier League, he could well be in the mix for succeeding his fellow Dutchman Koeman. De Boer decided to leave Ajax after missing out on the title on the final day of the season but during his spell with the Amsterdam giants he did lead the club to four Eredivisie titles. The odds on the Dutchman replacing his compatriot have drifted but with uncertainty as to who will take the job, odds of 16/1 with Ladbrokes could prove fruitful.