You have to feel sorry for David Moyes.
Not because he was out of his depth in the Old Trafford dugout or that he was robbed of the opportunity to partner Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in attack in more than 13 Premier League games this season.
Instead, because he only lasted 10 months of his six-year contract at Manchester United despite being their third most successful manager ever in terms of percentage of league wins.
However, the fact that the Red Devils’ 11 defeats this campaign is already more than the last two seasons combined does suggest the previous comment is slightly tinted.
Anyway, enough of Moyes, with the focus now on who will replace him and it is Louis van Gaal that it is early frontrunner in the market, already shortening from 3/1 to 7/4.
Not only is Van Gaal a big disciple of playing attacking football, he is also a free agent in the summer, after announcing he will be stepping down from managing the Dutch national team after the World Cup.
Unlike Moyes, Van Gaal also has experience of dealing with the pressure of taking charge of Europe’s elite clubs, not only managing the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but additionally guiding them to domestic titles.
In fact, the 62-year-old has won league titles with all four club sides that he has managed.
The only real negatives for Van Gaal are that he has never managed in England before and there is a real chance he would arrive under a shadow as Holland are far from bankers to make it beyond the group stages of the World Cup.
Jurgen Klopp would arguably be the most popular choice to be the next Man Utd manager, but having signed a contract extension at Borussia Dortmund until 2018 last summer, this is unrealistic.
As a result, Klopp’s price has drifted from 6/1 to 7/1 to replace Moyes, which is the same odds as Ryan Giggs to become the next permanent Man Utd manager.
It is widely expected that Giggs will be placed in temporary charge until the end of the current season, but given he has no managerial experience, appointing the Welshman would represent an almighty risk.
For those wanting a return to the good old days, Sir Alex Ferguson is 16/1 to become manager again.
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