Southampton: The contenders

  • Last Updated: May 27 2014, 23:13 BST

We take a closer look at the main contenders in Sky Bet's next Southampton manager market.

Michael Laudrup: One of the leading names in the frame
Michael Laudrup: One of the leading names in the frame

Mauricio Pochettino's exit from Southampton after 16 months at the helm was confirmed on Tuesday, with his resignation paving the way for his appointment as Tottenham head coach.

Here, we take a closer look at some the leading contenders in Sky Bet's 'next Southampton manager' market.

(Odds correct at 2300 BST on 27/05/2014)


Having recently left Basel following an impressive spell in charge, he would be an obvious appointment if Southampton looked overseas again. Yakin does not speak great English, but that has not stopped Saints before, with their Swiss owners no doubt keeping close tabs on the former Swiss defender.


The former Dutch footballer and current manager of Feyenoord emerged as one of the favourites on Tuesday evening and if given the job, this would be his first taste of working in England either as a player or manager. Although Koeman hasn't won a major trophy as a manager since leading Valencia to the Copa del Rey in 2008, his Feyenoord side finished second in the Eredivisie last season behind Ajax.


Without a job since leaving Swansea under a cloud, the Dane can still point to his initial success in south Wales as evidence of his abilities. Laudrup led the Swans to Capital One Cup success last year and his desire to play possession-based, passing football would suit Southampton.


One too many run-ins with controversial owner Vincent Tan saw the Scot leave Cardiff in December, just months after leading them into the Premier League. Mackay's decision to drop his legal case against the club last week could be timely.


The former England boss has impressed at Derby, who were unlucky not to secure a return to the Premier League in last weekend's play-off final against QPR. McClaren worked with Saints executive director Les Reed during the pair's time at the Football Association and his reputation for working with English players would suit both parties.


The Bournemouth manager rejected the chance to take over Saints in September 2010, with Nigel Adkins coming in and leading the then-League One side to back-to-back promotions. After a spell at Burnley, Howe is impressing again with the Cherries and could well be on Southampton's radar again.


Not known for the attacking football favoured by Southampton in recent years, but on the market after a tough spell at Manchester United and looking to rebuild his reputation. He may not have been seen as a big enough name at Old Trafford, but that certainly would not be the case on the south coast.