After 26 years in charge of one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Sir Alex Ferguson retired as the manager of Manchester United on Wednesday morning.
Across his reign, the Scot has won a staggering 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 Champions Leagues. Add to that his first European success when he led his side to the 1991 Cup Winners Cup and it’s easy to see why we’re unlikely to ever see one manager win so much at the same club ever again.
Following such a long spell in charge and as one of the very best known faces in football, the tributes will continue to roll in for Sir Alex, however the most pressing question on many people’s lips is, who will be the man to step into the Old Trafford hot-seat and into the shoes of a legend.
The soccer betting market on who will be the next Manchester United manager is already proving one of the most popular worldwide and there is one name who is currently standing clear at the head of the pack.
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Everton manager, David Moyes is currently the 1/8 favourite to succeed Alex Ferguson as Man Utd manager. Like Sir Alex, David Moyes is a hungry Scotsman, who seems to have the attitude and character required to seamlessly step into the Old Trafford pressure-cooker. Many experts are pointing to the fact that Moyes has not won any silverware with Everton and his lack of Champions League experience could count against him. After 11 years in charge of Everton, there’s little question that Moyes has done a remarkable job and his relucatance to sign a new contract with The Toffees seems to suggest that Moyes is ready for a new challenge.
Next up in the soccer odds for the next Man Utd manager is Jose Mourinho. The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ is forever linked with all the top jobs in football but there’s no doubt that Jose would walk barefoot to from Madrid to Manchester just to be given the opportunity of taking on this challenge.
Mourinho has been a success wherever he’s gone and comes with a virtual guarantee of silverware, but there are Man Utd fans who are wary of the controversy he inevitably brings with him, and memories of negative, defensive football when he was manager of Chelsea will not endear him to many.
Odds in ‘next manager’ markets can fluctuate wildly in minutes, but you can currently add Jose Mourinho to your sports picks at a very attractive 12/1 with StanJames.
At the moment, it’s Moyes and Mourinho who comfortable stand out from the rest in terms of the bookies odds, but the likes of Bayern Munich manager Jurgen Klopp and Man Utd legend, Ryan Giggs are also in the running.
Klopp could be on the verge of leading Bayern Munich to the Champions League title but will be replaced in the summer by ex-Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola. Klopp appears to have all of the Champions League experience Man Utd need, with none of the baggage Jose Mourinho would bring. At 40/1 with SportingBet, Klopp could be worth an early punt.
After enjoying a career at Man Utd similar in length to that of his current manager, Ryan Giggs has made little secret of his desire to move into management. Appointing Ryan Giggs as the next Man Utd manager would certainly be a popular decision with the fans, however the Welshman has no management experience and the club will be wary of sullying the reputation of an icon by giving him the job before he is ready for it. If you fancy Giggsy (and you’re not his brother’s wife) then you can take him at 66/1 with BetVictor.
If you really want to waste your cash on some of the more fanciful options then the 100/1 available for David Beckham is a quick fire guarantee to lose you some money!
There is a reason why Moyes is the favourite at the moment, but that reason could be mere speculation and rumour.The 1/8 on Moyes isn’t really backable so take a chance on Mourinho or Klopp and hope that the club goes with experience over Scotishness!