Both Jurgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund have moved swiftly to dismiss Manchester United's chances of bringing him to Old Trafford as David Moyes' managerial replacement.
Moyes was sacked on Tuesday morning as coach of the Red Devils, and the search for a replacement will now begin.
Raphael Honigstein of The Guardian reports that the charismatic German coach said:
"Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."
Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC also reports that Dortmund director of communication Sascha Fligge has said: "Jurgen Klopp already dismissed rumours linking him to Barcelona on our official homepage on Saturday. We’ve already had this last year, but it’s final, even if some people don’t want to believe it."
United will now undoubtedly pursue a host of top managers to take the Old Trafford hot seat for next season.
The club confirmed Moyes' dismissal via Twitter, thanking their former manager for his service:
Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News and Bleacher Report tweeted that Ryan Giggs is to be installed as temporary boss until the end of this campaign.
United also confirmed Giggs' appointment on a temporary basis:
Moyes lost 11 games in the Premier League during his ill-fated reign as manager, per Squawka, conceding 40 goals.
His time at Old Trafford will be remembered as a complete failure, with Sir Alex Ferguson getting his final decision as manager wrong for Moyes to replace him.
United now need to completely overhaul their squad and rebuild their team to compete with the biggest clubs at home and abroad.
Moyes' dismissal was inevitable after a run of domestic results that would crush any manager's tenure. Replacing an icon in Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be an uphill battle but he came nowhere in rising to the challenge.
Giggs will be an excellent short-term option for United as he brings together the team and fans under a familiar face. With nothing now to play for this season, the board can plan ahead with Giggs as a major part of the backroom for the foreseeable future.
United will invest heavily in their squad now and bring in a coach who has a philosophy that matches that of the glory years of the club and Ferguson. They have been wise to sack Moyes at a time when they can take stock of the recent events of the past few months, and now advance the club as quickly as possible.
Ultimately, Moyes could not manage a club the size of United, and it has been a learning process for him, the United board and every supporter of the club. With the reemergence of Liverpool and the club's current league position, it is important that the club does not stand still in its rebuilding.