With those in charge of Manchester United making the decision to remove David Moyes as their manager this week, Footyblog.net takes a look at who could be the next permanent manager of the 2012/13 Premier League champions and the odds on the next manager of the club.
Ryan Giggs – Odds: 20/1
The 40-year-old has been appointed ‘caretaker manager’ until the end of the season. With just four games to go, both arguably meaningless, he hardly has the opportunity to assert his authority to the Manchester United side. What Giggs does have on his side, is the support of Manchester United. The fans, the players, the staff will all be right behind the Welsh man. Giggs has been at United for over two decades and as a result will be able to command respect. However, he does lack any real managerial experience and still has legs to go on for another season and therefore is unlikely to get the job this time round.
Louis Van Gaal – Odds: 4/6
Van Gaal is currently the manager of the Dutch national side, a position in which he will be likely to step down from after the World Cup. Having already been linked to the Spurs job, those in charge at United may move to secure the services of the 62-year-old. Van Gaal has a lot of experience on his side having managed Ajax, Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich. Van Gaal has a very similar approach to management to former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and this no nonsense approach may favour those at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho – Odds: 12/1
Crazy? Maybe. But Mourinho could be the answer to Manchester United’s problems. Rumoured to have been interested in the job last year when Moyes took over, a year later could be his time. It would cost a lot for United to prize him away from Chelsea but Mourinho has been very much rattled the last few weeks as his Chelsea side fall away from the Premier League title. He has all the experience having won the Premier League and also the Champions League and if he manages to win the latter this season with Chelsea, will he be able to move on? A long shot but could be a possibility.
Carlo Ancelotti – Odds: 5/1
Of all the big names across Europe who haven’t turned down the Manchester United job already, Carlo Ancelotti is perhaps the most likely. With experience in England with Chelsea, winning the Premier League title, they could look for the current Real Madrid manager to resurrect their fortunes. With a wealth of other experience across Europe with the likes of Milan, Juventus and more recently Paris Saint Germain, he has the broad knowledge to take United back to the top. Can they prize him away from Real Madrid, currently on top of their game, for a team without Champions League football?
Laurent Blanc – Odds: 25/1
A former player, with managerial experience at the top level. Having played for Manchester United between the years of 2001/03, before he retired, he moved into management, first with Bordeaux and then with the French national side. Since 2013, he has been the manager of French giants Paris Saint Germain, leading them to the Ligue 1 title and to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Could his history and the reputation of Manchester United lure him back to the Premier League?
Diego Simone – Odds: 20/1
Another manager having success on the continent this year with Atletico Madrid, who have caused a stir by mixing up the Spanish title race and making it to the semi-final of the Champions League. Will the Argentine think he has taken Madrid as far as he can and seek a new challenge in England? However, Madrid is the only major job he has had in Europe, with most of his experience being in Argentina with the likes of River Plate and San Lorenzo. A manager who can get the best out of his players, will the move appeal to him?
Sir Alex Ferguson – Odds: 50/1
A return to what they know best? Unlikely. But if there is anyone who knows how to make Manchester United succeed then it is this man. During his 26 years at the club, he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League and two UEFA Champions League titles. More success than any other manager in the clubs history, by far. But only a year after his retirement, it is unlikely that the 72-year old will be coaxed into returning to the hot seat at Old Trafford.
For a full list of odds on the next Manchester United manager, click here.