Pochettino backed for Spurs switch
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has been attracting early support to become Tottenham's next manager following Tim Sherwood's departure.
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Pochettino was a best price of 2/1 (Coral) to take over at White Hart Lane when Sherwood's exit was announced on Tuesday lunchtime, some firms having the Argentine as favourite and others siding with Ajax boss Frank de Boer.
However, it was Pochettino's price which quickly shortened, Coral going into evens and William Hill to odds-on. By Tuesday evening, 6/4 was the best price available.
De Boer, who has suggested he would be interested in a move to the north London club in recent weeks, drifted from 5/2 with Stan James pushing their price to 3/1.
Coral's John Hill said: "There has been a strong move for Mauricio Pochettino this afternoon and he has been by far the most popular selection amongst punters to replace Sherwood."
Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was also at a single-figure price across the board, with David Moyes offered at a best of 12/1.
Moyes is a former favourite for the Spurs post. He was heavily linked with them before they appointed Andre Villas-Boas, who eventually lost his job in December when Sherwood was appointed on what was initially announced as an 18-month deal.
However, in announcing Sherwood's departure on Tuesday, chairman Daniel Levy revealed there was an early-exit clause which the club has now exercised.
Sky Bet's head of football trading Paul Wiggins said: "It was almost inevitable that Sherwood would leave, so much so that we already had a market open on the potential vacancy.
"De Boer was the initial favourite but Pochettino has been gaining support over the past few days as it looks likely that he'll lose his key players at Southampton.
"We don't foresee Sherwood being out of work for long, with the 45-year-old currently odds-on to be the next Brighton manager and 5/1 to replace Pepe Mel at West Brom."
Pochettino has just guided Southampton to an impressive eighth-placed finish in the Premier League but their success this season has led to bigger clubs sniffing around many of their star players such as Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.
Meanwhile, former Dutch international De Boer has been celebrating title success with Ajax in the Netherlands.
Sherwood is odds-on with several firms to take over at Brighton.
Coral were offering a best of 6/4 with their spokesman Hill revealing interest in Leeds' Brian McDermott for the job - he's 5/1 from 10s - as the reason they were going odds-against about Sherwood taking over at the Amex Stadium.
The price was later trimmed to even money.