Andre Villas-Boas bookies favourite to be next Real Madrid manager


Tottenham Hotspur fans will certainly be hoping the bookies have got it wrong when it comes to Real Madrid appointing their next boss.

With Jose Mourinho's future at Real Madrid more uncertain than ever, there is much debate over who could replace him if he does walk away at the end of the current season.

Mourinho is the hot favourite to take over at Chelsea, a switch which could set off a managerial merry-go-round among Europe's top teams.

The list of candidates to replace him at the Bernabeu reads like a 'who's who' of European football's top managers, with a surprise name at the top - Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas.

Here are the top 10 candidates with the bookies:

- Andre Villas-Boas 4/5

- Carlo Ancelotti 11/8

- Jurgen Klopp 25/1

- Luiz Scolari 25/1

- Michael Laudrup 25/1

- Arsene Wenger 33/1

- Roberto Mancini 33/1

- Joachim Loew 33/1

- Rafa Benitez 33/1

- Didier Deschamps 33/1

The odds differentials are very much stacked in favour of AVB taking over at the end of the season, which leads you to wonder if the bookies know something we do not - Because it seems as though the Tottenham manager is enjoying life in North London.

He appears to be enjoying a moment of stability, a breath of fresh air after his spell at Chelsea last season, but he will know too well the transient and fickle nature of football management and so the cynic may tip him to turn his back on English football and leave for a more 'prestigious job' and have the last laugh.

Yet with Real Madrid having such a high turnover of managers themselves, AVB may just want to think carefully before jumping ship, as he could soon find his reputation ruined rather than made and back without a job within a year.

What do you think of the odds? Should AVB stick or twist?


image: © Vladimir Maiorov

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