Antonio Conte's Tottenham Hotspur contract ends in June 2023, and it appears that the North London club might be ready to make a change sooner rather than later. Spurs bowed out of the Champions League at the hands of Milan recently, with the Italian then launching into an angry tirade after the team's recent 3-3 draw at Southampton.
Having led 3-1 at St Mary's, Spurs allowed the relegation-threatened Saints to get back into the game, and Conte was heavily critical of his players and the club in his post-match press conference. While the Italian has aimed to clarify these comments since then, it appears that a successor will be installed in the coming weeks.
The betting sites have shortened Conte's betting odds on the sack race market, and it might be that Mauricio Pochettino returns to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Argentine has long been trading as the favourite to be Conte's successor, with the former Paris Saint-Germain coach potentially waiting in the wings for a return to Spurs.
The sports betting apps also have Thomas Tuchel and Ryan Mason among their front-runners on the 'next Tottenham manager' market, while former Spain manager Luis Enrique is also among the market leaders.
Antonio Conte famously won the Premier League title with Chelsea during his first season at at the club. Before the start of the 2022-23 season, there was talk that Tottenham could be dark horses for the title, although Spurs are in a fight with Newcastle and Liverpool to make the top four.
A Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Milan saw Tottenham fail to score a goal throughout the tie and bow out 1-0 on aggregate. After elimination from the FA Cup at Championship side Sheffield United, it now looks certain that Conte's contract at the club won't be renewed in June, and we might see the club look to bring in a replacement ahead of that time.
Conte admitted that "Tottenham might sack me" after seeing Spurs limp out of the Champions League, and he's strong favourite when it comes to the next manager to be sacked market, with those post-match comments after the 3-3 draw with Southampton almost suggesting that the Italian is looking to be axed as manager.
The football betting sites make Mauricio Pochettino the man most likely to replace Conte, with many fans wanting the Argentine back at the North London club, and there continues to be speculation that a return has been planned.
Pochettino has been a free agent since leaving Paris Saint-Germain, and many media outlets are now reporting that the 51-year-old wants to come back to Tottenham if the current manager is sacked. It could be that the former Southampton coach feels he has unfinished business at a club he took to the Champions League final in June 2019.
It even appears that Poch might have been biding his time since July last year when he parted company with Paris Saint-Germain and will be ready to take charge at Tottenham when Conte's contract comes to an end in June. It certainly looks as though the latter will leave then.
Ryan Mason is currently an assistant manager to Antonio Conte and the bookmakers are making the former second favourite to replace the Italian right now. This is partly down to the fact that the 31-year-old could be brought in on a short-term contract if Tottenham Hotspur decide to terminate Conte's contract with immediate effect.
Mason became the interim coach of Tottenham in 2021 and that meant he was the youngest ever in the Premier League at the age of 29. As a player, he was on the Tottenham books between 2008 and 2016, although injuries prevented him from making any more than 53 appearances, while he had a series of loan spells with a number of other clubs.
Mason has been part of the coaching staff since 2018 and was recently seen celebrating on the touchline with Conte at St Mary's. However, it could be that he is called upon to preside over first-team matters.
Roberto De Zerbi was a relative unknown when replacing Graham Potter as manager of Brighton earlier this season, although the Italian has done some sterling work since arriving at the AMEX Stadium from Shakhtar Donetsk. He could potentially steer the Seagulls into Europe come May, and it's little surprise to see him among the football betting site favourites for the Spurs job.
Brighton are no strangers to seeing their best players leave for so called bigger clubs, and owner Tony Bloom was powerless when it came to Potter jumping ship to Chelsea. However, it could be that De Zerbi is focused on remaining with the Sussex club for the long-term, and he certainly appears to be building something special at Albion.
De Zerbi's style of football at Sassuolo, and then Shakhtar, attracted Brighton to someone who has overseen some impressive performances this season, and Brighton recently wiped the floor with West Ham when beating them 4-0. They have also claimed a 4-1 win over Chelsea this season.
Thomas Tuchel is another high-profile candidate who is among the favourites with new betting sites to take charge at Tottenham, and perhaps the German is ready for a return to England. He was surprisingly sacked by Chelsea earlier in the season, with the former Borussia Dortmund coach having been a popular figure among supporters.
After all, it was only two seasons ago that Tuchel engineered a Champions League win for the Blues, and perhaps Spurs will task him with the job of making the team similarly successful on the continent. The manager returned to Germany following his Chelsea exit, but could he be open to return to the Premier League?
Tuchel is highly respected after some impressive achievements at high-profile clubs, and he steered Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final in 2020. It's little surprise to find this manager trading among the favourites.
Thomas Frank continues his good work at Brentford and the bookmakers regard the Dane as somebody with a viable chance of getting the Tottenham manager's position. It's hard not to be impressed by the Bees this season, and the team sit ninth in the standings after amassing 38 points from 24 games.
Frank is a hugely popular figure at the west London club, although he might find it hard to resist any overtures from Tottenham, with the 49-year-old having been in charge at Brentford since 2018. He's made a huge splash considering the relative lack of coaching experience he previously had.
Having performed the assistant role between 2016-18, Frank has since gone on to steer Brentford into the Premier League and now cement their place in the top flight. It will be interesting to see whether his odds shorten.
According to some reports, Luis Enrique is certainly open to talks with Tottenham if Antonio Conte leaves the club. The Spaniard is hugely experienced when it comes to managing at the top level, with the 52-year-old having recently stepped down as the coach of the Spanish national team following the team's exit at the 2022 World Cup.
Enrique has previously been in charge of Barcelona and he was able to steer the Catalan side to a Champions League success during the 2014-15 season. He also secured two La Liga titles during his time at the Nou Camp, with Tottenham likely to be interested in someone with such a strong track record.
He is regarded as one of the leading football coaches in the world, although fans were expecting great things from Conte when he took charge of Tottenham and it would take a sizeable package to lure Enrique to the club.
Brendan Rodgers might not have achieved the ultimate aim of securing Champions League football for Leicester, although he has landed the FA Cup with the Foxes, and it might be that the Northern Irishman feels as though he's taken the Midlands club as far as he can.
Rodgers has previously enjoyed the Midas touch at the King Power Stadium since deciding to call time on his role at Celtic to take charge at the Midlands club, and it’s hardly a surprise to see the former Liverpool manager linked with the Tottenham role, considering that he’s achieved a great deal on a modest budget at Leicester.
The Foxes have twice narrowly missed out on a a top-four finish which would have meant Champions League football and the club also won their first ever FA Cup after beating Chelsea in the final, with Rodgers having made Leicester into one of the best football teams in England since taking charge.
We shall see if Tottenham make an official approach for someone who isn’t short of ambition and will want to continue his successful managerial career at a club who have the potential to challenge for major domestic honours, although Rodgers might decide he’s better off sticking with his current club.