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10 Potential Successors for David Moyes at Manchester United

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2014

10 Potential Successors for David Moyes at Manchester United

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    After a dismal performance in Greece, David Moyes dramatically decreased his chances of fulfilling his six-year contract at Manchester United.

    According to betting aggregator oddschecker.com, the Scotsman's odds of being the next Premier League manager to leave were slashed from 25/1 on Tuesday to evens on Wednesday.

    Despite the speculation, however, sources such as The Guardian's Jamie Jackson are confident that his position remains secure. 

    Here follows 10 potential candidates to succeed Moyes, based on the odds being offered by the bookies at oddschecker.com.

Sir Alex Ferguson

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    Best odds at time of writing: 2/1

    Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have spent most of his retirement sitting in the stands with Mick Hucknall wearing a grave look on his face. On Tuesday evening, however, he was on an entirely different continent watching the action unfold at a bar in New York City

    As B/R's Ben Blackmore reported earlier on Wednesday, the odds of a Sir Alex return have been slashed overnight.

    Clearly, it is confidence that the team lacks, as well as a belief in what the current manager is trying to do. No one would be able to deliver a better psychological lift than Ferguson, even if he only returned in the short term. 

Jurgen Klopp

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    Best odds at time of writing: 8/1

    Jurgen Klopp emerged as one of the most lovable characters in world football last season, and by taking Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final and two recent league titles on a very modest budget, he is clearly a man who knows his onions.

    Look at the high-pressing, entertaining and fearless display BVB put on in Russia yesterday and compare it to Utd's away outing to see what the Red Devils "could have won."

    Klopp will probably be wanted by Dortmund for the foreseeable future, but in a recent interview with FIFA.com, he admitted that he could be tempted away by the German national team job. Could he therefore turn down the chance to manage one of the world's most iconic clubs? 

Louis Van Gaal

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    Best odds at time of writing: 14/1

    Seeing as it is unlikely that Moyes will leave before the end of the season, one of the most probable sources for a successor is a World Cup coach.

    All signs point to the fact that Louis van Gaal will leave his post with the Dutch national team after the summer, with the man himself admitting he will not be in charge of the Euro 2016 campaign (as per The Guardian's Dominic Fifield). 

    The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona leader is being heavily linked with a move to Tottenham, telling Fifield, "I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League." 

    Given the choice of Spurs or United, surely he would relish the chance to steer the red ship back in the right direction.

Pep Guardiola

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    Best odds at time of writing: 20/1

    As a young manager with an impeccable track record at the top of the game, it's not hard to see why the bookies feel Pep Guardiola is a strong contender for the United job.

    However, the Spaniard seems like an unlikely choice. He has just settled in at Bayern Munich and looks set to continue—if not improve upon—the incredible legacy left by Jupp Heynckes.

    Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is extremely impressed with Guardiola and has inferred that he wishes for him to enjoy an Arsene Wenger-level of longevity in Bavaria.  

    In reality, United would probably have more luck coaxing Heynckes out of retirement than bringing in Guardiola at this point. 

Ryan Giggs

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    Best odds at time of writing: 20/1

    Ryan Giggs has been on the books at Manchester United since 1985, so it could be argued that no one on the staff knows the club better than him. 

    At the end of last season, the Welshman was made a player/coach, with The Guardian's Paul Wilson suggesting he is being groomed to transition from legendary player to club manager at some point. 

    Giggs is expected to obtain his UEFA Pro Licence over the summer (as per Sky Sports), so perhaps his move into the manager's seat will be timed perfectly with Moyes' departure.

Carlo Ancelotti

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    Best odds at time of writing: 33/1

    The man with the most active eyebrows in world football is currently at he helm at Real Madrid, where his side is three points clear in La Liga, in the Copa del Rey final and on course for the long-awaited "Decima" (10th European Cup). 

    Unless something goes very wrong, the Italian's short-term future will surely be in Madrid. 

    However, respected French journalist Julien Laurens was adamant last season that Carlo Ancelotti was Ferguson's first choice for his successor, with Moyes being drafted in when the former Chelsea boss declined the offer (as per The Metro). 

    If Ancelotti wins the Champions League this season, it would be a good time to leave Madrid. Given Ferguson's continuing influence at United, his next job could be a radical makeover at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Diego Simeone

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    Best odds at time of writing: 33/1

    Perhaps Diego Simeone does not receive enough credit for the incredible job he has done for Atletico Madrid.

    Taking over in December 2011, he led his side to a Europa League title and fifth-place finish in La Liga. Since then, he has won the Copa del Rey and successfully broken up the Barca-Real duopoly by making Atletico a genuine title contender once again.

    Evidently, the bookmakers also feel he would be worth a shot at United. Whether the Old Trafford faithful could forgive him for his part in David Beckham's World Cup red card is another thing.

     

Fabio Capello

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    Best odds at time of writing: 33/1

    Like van Gaal, Fabio Capello is another high-profile manager who could be looking for a new project upon the conclusion of the World Cup.

    The Russia coach—currently the best-paid national team manager in the world—has enjoyed tremendous success in Italy and Spain, but he has never coached in England domestically. If a Premier League move is on the cards, one would suspect United would be more alluring than the likes of Tottenham, where he has been linked in recent months

Gary Neville

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    Best odds at time of writing: 33/1

    Since hanging up his boots in 2011, Gary Neville divided his time between being a coach on Roy Hodgson's England staff and being the best football pundit in the country.

    Neville knows the club, knows his tactics and has a rapport with many of the current squad. However, he admitted last year that he has had plenty of offers for managerial work, but it is not something that interests him. 

    One could see him becoming a coach at United or perhaps an assistant manager, but taking the hot seat full time might be a step too far. 

Jose Mourinho

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    Best odds at time of writing: 33/1

    As United slumped to defeat in Greece on Tuesday evening, Jose Mourinho was almost certainly sat somewhere cackling to himself, "They should have chosen me!"

    At the time Moyes was given the job, The Guardian claimed The Special One was moved to tears of disappointment, such was his relationship with Ferguson and expectation that he would be his successor. 

    Yet, the Portuguese manager was clearly not selected, with United looking to bring someone in who has a track record of staying with a team for more than a few seasons. 

    Having been snubbed once, it seems unlikely that Mourinho's pride would allow him to accept the role now. But at the same time, his arrogance would probably drive him to show United's board how wrong they were by taking over and bringing them back to winning ways. 

     

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