who will replace Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis?

Zinedine Zidane 9/1 

Few first-time managers can say they won the Champions League during their first season in charge. None can match Zidane’s astonishing record of three in three years. The fact he is untried outside Real Madrid gives some reason for caution, but he is used to dealing with big players with big egos and could get the best out of his countryman, Paul Pogba. Zidane is out of work, so no compensation will be needed to secure him, which could also be a consideration given the reported £24 million payoff to Mourinho.

Massimiliano Allegri 12/1

A huge success in Italy, Allegri has won Serie A with AC Milan and looks capable of presiding over a Sir Alex Ferguson-like spell of dominance with Juventus. He was heavily linked with Chelsea before the appointment of Maurizio Sarri in the summer but a final assault on the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo in his side tempted him to stay for one final season. He may, though, be looking for a new challenge in the summer.

Gareth Southgate 12/1

With Manchester United’s board rumoured to be drawing up a shortlist that includes England’s manager, Gareth Southgate is a late entrant into this market. Southgate has worked with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard with England and his stock is high after guiding England to their best World Cup finish in nearly 30 years in Russia.


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