Tottenham Hotspur ensured that they will compete in Europe next season after signing off their Premier League campaign with a 4-2 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After twice coming from behind to draw level, a brace from substitute Gareth Bale sealed all three points for the north London outfit, ensuring interim boss Ryan Mason capped off his time in charge with a bang.
The victory ensured that the club finished the campaign in seventh, bagging themselves a spot in the newly-founded UEFA Europa Conference League next season, although a Europa League place would have been what they had been hoping for at the very least at the start of the season.
With the campaign now rubber-stamped into the history books, attention has already switched to the 2021/22 campaign, with a massive summer lying in waiting for chairman Daniel Levy for a whole host of reasons.
Not only has he got to add new faces to the squad and sort out the future of striker Harry Kane, he also has the small matter of appointing a new head coach, with Jose Mourinho’s successor yet to be sourced. However, that search, football.london understands, is heading in the right direction. The club is hoping to appoint their new boss in the next week or so if an agreement with his current club can be reached.
Although his identity has not been confirmed, it is not set to be Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, who ruled himself out of the running following Sunday’s clash in the Midlands.
Rodgers said: “They should have no worries about myself. I absolutely love it here at Leicester City. I’m emotional about missing out today and it makes me want to be here even more.”
Rodgers is one of many names to have been linked with the job since Mourinho was given his marching orders on April 19, alongside the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Simone Inzaghi, Erik ten Hag and Graham Potter.
Now another name has entered the frame and stormed to the top of the betting charts in the shape of former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, with the Italian now considered as the favourite with the bookmakers.
That is because the lively Italian last night left his post as Inter Milan boss, despite leading them to the Serie A title this season. Conte has left the Italian heavyweights by mutual consent and is poised to be replaced by Inzaghi, who was the favourite for the Spurs job earlier this month.
A statement released by Inter said: “FC Internazionale Milano announces that it has reached an agreement for the consensual termination of the contract with the coach Antonio Conte.
“The whole club would like to thank Antonio for the extraordinary work he has done, which culminated in winning the 19th Scudetto. Antonio Conte will remain forever in the history of our club.”
That development has seen him shoot straight to the top of the betting charts, but football.london is under the impression that he is not in the running, unless the situation dramatically changes now that he is without a club.
After originally being priced at 20/1, Conte is now priced at just 6/4 with betfair to succeed Mourinho.
Ajax chief ten Hag and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez are currently joint-second, with odds on those two being offered at 4/1.
Just behind those three are former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, Potter and Rodgers, who are priced at 5/1 and 10/1, respectively.
Here is the full list of current odds, courtesy of betfair:
Antonio Conte – 6/4
Erik ten Hag – 4/1
Roberto Martinez – 4/1
Mauricio Pochettino – 5/1
Graham Potter – 10/1
Brendan Rodgers – 10/1
Nuno Espirito Santo – 11/1
Jurgen Klinsmann – 14/1
Julen Lopetegui – 17/1
Rafa Benitez – 25/1
Scott Parker – 25/1
Marcelo Bielsa – 25/1
Simone Inzaghi – 25/1
Zinedine Zidane – 25/1
Edin Terzic – 25/1
Carlo Ancelotti – 25/1
Julian Nagelsmann – 33/1
Massimiliano Allegri – 33/1
Ledley King – 33/1
Ralph Hasenhuttl – 33/1
Ralf Rangnick – 33/1
Niko Kovac – 33/1
*All odds are correct at the time of writing.
Source by Football London