Manchester United: 8 Reasons David Moyes Won't Replace Fergie

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Manchester United: 8 Reasons David Moyes Won't Replace Fergie
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Whichever betting site you look at, David Moyes is the second favourite to be the next Manchester United manager, behind Jose Mourinho and ahead of Pep Guardiola, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Laurent Blanc.

His shortest price is 3-1 and longest 7-1, so you'd better be quick if you think this article is completely wrong.

The main reasons for him being touted are pretty obvious: he's Scottish; only 49; and a close mate of Sir Alex who, it is said, will recommend his successor to the United Board.

But Ferguson won't have the final say, except about when he goes. At one time, for example, there was a possibility that Carlos Queiroz had been lined up to succeed, but he was allowed to leave in 2008 to manage Portugal with no apparent assurances.

The fact that David Moyes has not moved to another club could be taken by some to mean that he is waiting for the top job in football; the one he can do for the rest of his career.

Moyes has done a fantastic job at Everton. Starved of cash, he has managed to get them into the Champions League in the past and they have usually finished in the higher echelons.

Unlike Sir Alex, Moyes had a pretty modest managerial pedigree when he joined Everton, having managed Preston North End. They did win the old Second Division 12 years ago.

For many who distrust the Glazers, Moyes might seem the perfect manager because he would be able to balance the books every year.

For the most valuable sports club and brand in the world, that simply wouldn't be enough.

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