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Looks a two-way battle to replace Sir Alex at Man Utd

| 08.05.2013

It seems like more than the end of an era that Sir Alex Ferguson will call time as Manchester United manager after 1,500 games in charge at the end of the season and the betting suggests that it is a two-way battle to be his successor.

Sir Alex will heads upstairs after the final day of the season against West Brom to be a club director and ambassador and it is considered to be between Jose Mourinho and David Moyes to take the hotseat at Old Trafford.

Both bring entirely different credentials to the table and the decision may come down to which path the club want to take in the short term.

If trophies are what are sought after, then Mourinho has to be the man and he can be backed at 11/10.

However, bringing in the ‘Special One’ could mean a complete overhaul in the way the club is run and definitely bring a change in attitude with the media.

Moyes has only won one trophy in management and that was the old Second Division with Preston in 2000, but he would seem the smarter choice to continue in the footsteps of Sir Alex.

The whispers have already been that the next manager will have to utilise virtually the same squad that has won the Premier League this season.

The other obvious negative for Moyes, aside from the lack of trophies, is that his experience of managing in Europe’s elite competitions is virtually nonexistent.

Other names are present further down the betting and punters not fancying getting involved with the relative short prices on Moyes and Mourinho, who have both also been linked with Chelsea this summer, can get bigger odds elsewhere.

The two with perhaps the most appeal are Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at 10/1 and 20/1 respectively.

Full next Man Utd manager market
Jose Mourinho 11/10
David Moyes 6/4
Jurgen Klopp 10/1
Mike Phelan 16/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 20/1
Ryan Giggs 20/1
Roberto Martinez 25/1
Diego Simeone 33/1
Carlo Ancelotti 33/1
Gary Neville 40/1
Michael Laudrup 40/1
Laurent Blanc 50/1
Roberto Mancini 100/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.