After doubts, rumours, and plenty of lackluster performances, David Moyes finally bit the dust today. So who’s going to replace him at the helm of the once mighty United?
We’ve taken a look at the current top three contenders for the Manchester United job and weighed up their chances.
Louis van Gaal – Holland – 6/4 (Coral)
The current favourite, although Spurs fans won’t be too pleased about that. Tottenham have been courting the Holland coach for a while now, and the 62-year old former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has long made it clear he’s hankering for a position in the Premier League once his national coach duties are over. Demanding, arrogant, and a fan of attacking, “total” football, Gaal has seven league titles in four countries, the Champions League and UEFA Cup under his belt, as well as an ally in his Holland team’s van Persie. His odds are currently hovering around the 6/4 mark.
Jurgen Klopp – Dortmund – 5/1 (BetVictor)
Despite ruling himself out of the managerial race on Tuesday, claiming his relationship with Borussia Dortmund is “unbreakable”, Klopp is still making good odds at the bookies – 5/1 with BetVictor right now. He certainly ticks all the Man Utd boxes – charismatic, develops youth, plays fearless, attractive football and wins trophies – two Bundesliga titles plus a Champions League runners-up medal despite only a relatively modest budget at Dortmund. He’s compared his managerial style to “heavy metal music”, but is he willing to go on tour? Maybe former Dortmund protégé Shinji Kagawa can lure him over, but right now he seems to be sitting tight.
Diego Simeone – Atletico Madrid – 14/1 (Ladbrokes)
Currently riding high at the top of La Liga, beating Barca and Real Madrid is no small victory for the one-time Argentina defensive midfielder. Not only perched above two of the best teams on the planet, but two teams that possess five times Simeone’s Atletico budget too. Along the way towards toppling the longstanding reign of Barca and Real, he’s won the Europe League, Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup too. While his English isn’t up to speed, Diego’s a clever coach, shrewd and pragmatic, and a manager with the kind of player experience that makes him a fantastic motivator. His best odds right now? 14/1.