Five candidates for the next Tottenham Hotspur boss

Julian Nagelsmann? Rafael Benitez? Who the bookies are backing to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur

Julian Nagelsmann
Julien Nagelsmann in charge of RB Leipzig during their Champions League clash with Lyon last season. [Credit: Steffen Prößdorf]ßball,_Männer,_UEFA_Champions_League,_RB_Leipzig_-_Olympique_Lyonnais_by_Stepro_StP_0225.jpg

Tottenham Hotspur are on the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The 58-year-old was relieved of his duties following a run of three matches without a win and murmurs of discontent across the first-team squad.

Chairman Daniel Levy is now on the lookout to fill the vacant role with Spurs still fighting for a place in the top four of the Premier League and a Carabao Cup final with Manchester City on Sunday.

Here is who the bookies (BetVictor) are making the early favourites:

  1. Julian Nagelsmann 5/2:

Julian Nagelsmann has been made the early front-runner thanks to the impressive job he has done with RB Leipzig.

The former Hoffenheim boss is currently the youngest manager across the whole of the top five European leagues and is renowned for his attack-minded style of play.

The 33-year-old guided Leipzig to third place in the Bundesliga and a Champions League semi-final during his first season at the club.

2.  Brendan Rodgers 8/1

Current Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is the second favourite, although he is still considered a slight outsider.

Rodgers has an abundance of top-level experience following his exploits at Liverpool and Leicester, sandwiched between his success in the Scottish Premier League with Celtic.

The 48-year-old has helped the Foxes gate-crash the so called ‘Big Six’ since joining the club over two years ago and will be looking to win his first major honour in English football when his side face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next month.

  1. Nuno Espirito Santo 10/1

Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo is another yet to be ruled out thanks to his excellent work at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The former Valencia and Porto boss guided the West Midlands side to the Championship title at the first time of asking.

Nuno also helped take the club into Europe for the first time in almost 30 years in their first season back in the top-flight, where they were then knocked out in the quarter-final.

  1. Rafael Benitez 10/1

The only man currently without a job in the bookies’ top five is Rafael Benitez, who recently departed Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional.

The 61-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career in management, having spent time in charge of European giants Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Benitez has amassed several major honours during his 28 years as a manager, including Liverpool’s famous Champions League triumph in 2005.

  1. Diego Simeone 12/1

Perhaps a surprise name on the list is Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone sits down for a press conference as manager of Atletico Madrid. Credit: Антон Зайцев/Serg Stallone

The Argentinian manager is currently enjoying his tenth year in charge of the Spanish giants, with his side one of the 12 clubs alongside Tottenham hoping to form a European Super League.

During his time with the club, the 50-year-old has guided Atletico to seven major trophies, including their first La Liga title in 17 years back in 2014, but given his long-standing affiliation with the club, he could be difficult to prise away.