David Moyes' dismissal as manager of Manchester United on Tuesday, after an inauspicious 10 months as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, has ignited a great deal of chatter as to who will take the reigns at Old Trafford.
As a result, speculation is abounding as to who will be the next permanent figurehead at United, with Dutch national manager Louis van Gaal and Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp very much in the mix per BBC Sport:
And whoever comes into the job will, of course, have a huge influence over who is brought to the club and will be key as to whether the Red Devils can sign long-term target Toni Kroos.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has been continually linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Jackson reported earlier this month that the deal seemed unlikely.
While Moyes was in charge, it did seem unlikely that Kroos would be tempted away from the European champions, especially as United's 2-0 loss to Everton on Sunday confirmed they will not be in the Champions League next season.
Man Utd's loss to Everton was their 11th PL defeat meaning it is impossible for them to qualify for next season's Champions League #MUFC— InsideWorldFootball (@insidewldftball) April 21, 2014
However, if Van Gaal is brought in to replace Moyes in the long term, the 24-year-old may think again about whether to commit his future to Bayern.
As football writer Rich Laverty points out, it was the Dutchman who gave Kroos his start at Bayern, and thus he will be well equipped to persuade the German international away from the Allianz Arena:
If ever there was a manager to tempt Toni Kroos to United it's the man who brought him through at Bayern. Louis Van Gaal.— Rich Laverty (@JournoRich) April 21, 2014
Indeed, in Van Gaal's last season in charge at Bayern in 2010/11, Kroos made 19 Bundesliga appearances and also played in six Champions League matches, per ESPN FC.
Kroos knows Van Gaal, he knows how he works and knows that the manager has faith in him. Surely the Dutchman's presence, were he to go to United, would be more attractive than that of Moyes.
And certainly the 62-year-old looks a likely replacement for the Scot.
His time in charge of the Dutch national team will come to an end after the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and, according to Goal.com, he has already been in talks with United:
Louis van Gaal wants to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager, Goal understands.
The Dutchman has told friends he is "very keen" on taking over at Old Trafford when his stint in charge of the Netherlands finishes after the World Cup.
As reported by Goal, Van Gaal met with a United delegation last week and further talks are expected to take place as the club step up the process of finding a successor to Moyes.
If these reports are true and Van Gaal does take over in Manchester then the talks surrounding Kroos' future could be re-opened, and the likelihood of him moving to England will be greatly increased.