Arsenal fans hoping to see a little more passion arrive in the managerial hot seat may be in luck after odds on Diego Simeone replacing Arsene Wenger took a substantial cut.
Those odds are a great deal slimmer than the 20/1 (21.00) price Simeone could be found at a week ago, with a sooner-than-expected exit from Madrid moves within sight. However, it’s been suggested ex-Lazio and Inter Milan midfielder Simeone could return to Serie A when his time with Atleti is done, supposedly preferring a move to Italy over the Premier League.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the 2016-17 season, but it’s still unclear as to whether the north Londoners will extend his stay or choose to end his 20-year tenure at the club. Germany manager Joachim Low is sandwiched between those two options at 10/1 (11.00), and his contract with Die Mannschaft is also scheduled to expire in 2018.
It seems plausible Arsenal will offer current boss Wenger a one-year extension to remain at the helm until the close of the 2017-18 campaign, at which point he’ll be 68 years of age. Several familiar faces are also in the running to replace Wenger, including former Gunners stars Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, who are listed at 14/1 (15.00) and 16/1 (17.00) to take the position next, despite a stark lack in managerial experience in both ex-players’ cases.
Roberto Mancini sits just behind Simeone as something of a dark horse at 12/1 (13.00), while Laurent Blanc is at 16/1 (17.00) several months after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. Both managers have experience either playing or managing in England, but it seems unlikely both will remain out of work until Wenger leaves the Arsenal helm.
Current assistant manager Steve Bould is a big outsider to replace Wenger at 40/1 (41.0), while axed England chief Roy Hodgson sits at the back of the order as a 100/1 (101.0) outsider.
Former Tottenham Hotspur chief Harry Redknapp is also a near-impossible option at 100/1 (101.0), as is Louis van Gaal following a miserable two years in charge of Manchester United.
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