Betting Special: Can Murat Yakin fill Pochettino's shoes at Southampton?

With their Argentine boss having left for Spurs after an impressive season, Al Hain-Cole thinks the recently departed Basel boss could be just the man to replace him at St Mary's
Following Mauricio Pochettino’s departure to Tottenham, Southampton are in search of a manager capable of picking up where he left off.

Having recently left Basel by mutual consent, Murat Yakin is the current 5/1 (6.00) favourite with bet365 to take over at St Mary’s.

Next Southampton manager

Odds from bet365
Murat Yakin 5/1
Steve McClaren 6/1
Malky Mackay 7/1
Michael Laudrup 8/1
Roberto Di Matteo/David Moyes/Rafa Benitez 12/1
The 39-year-old won consecutive national titles in his two years at the helm as well as overseeing strong European campaigns, so it would be no surprise if the Saints’ Swiss owners took full advantage of his current availability by handing their compatriot the reins.

However, Steve McClaren’s excellent work in leading Derby County to the play-off final has seen his reputation restored, and the former England manager is also a strong contender at 6/1 (7.00) to return to the Premier League after a 10-year absence.

Elsewhere, Malky Mackay is available at 7/1 (8.00) to be offered a second chance in the top flight following last season’s controversial dismissal by Cardiff City, with the Scot certainly fitting the bill as a young hungry manager.

Similarly, Michael Laudrup’s stock remains high in England despite being handed his P45 by Swansea back in February, although odds of 8/1 (9.00) represent more of a risk considering the Capital One Cup winner is reportedly in talks with Spanish side Granada.

In contrast, David Moyes’ reputation is at an all-time low after a disastrous spell at Manchester United, with the former Everton boss on offer at 12/1 (13.00) to begin his road to redemption at Southampton.

That same 12/1 (13.00) price is available on Roberto Di Matteo ending his two-year spell in the managerial wilderness by moving to the south coast, having patiently bided his time since leaving Chelsea just months after lifting both the Champions League and FA Cup.

Rafa Benitez also experienced European glory during a caretaker spell at Stamford Bridge, although the 12/1 (13.00) odds on him replacing Pochettino seem like more of a long shot considering he has just completed a successful first season with Napoli.

Murat Yakin to be next permanent Southampton manager for a 1pt stake at 5/1 (6.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.