Speculation over who will be the new Manchester United manager ignited on Wednesday morning, after the English champions announced current boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, will step down from his role at the end of the season.
Sir Alex leaves a 26-year legacy behind him and what Manchester United fans placing a bet on Premier League want to see is a boss come in and create a new dynasty.
For the good of the club it is hoped they don’t descend into a Chelsea or Tottenham situation where every other year the boss is fired, and so this next appointment is critical to United’s future.
Here are the frontrunners from bet365 to take up the vacant post:
Jose Mourinho – 6/5:
Certainly the media’s favourite for the post, Mourinho looks destined to leave Real Madrid and many betting fans think Fergie’s decision to announce his retirement now is to convince the Portuguese to join United and not Chelsea.
Mourinho would add a real spice to the club and possibly take it to further success yet is unlikely to stay for the long haul.
David Moyes – 5/4:
The Everton manager has been touted for this job for years and, despite not winning a trophy at Goodison, is ready to make the step up to the big time. Whether or not his presence will convince major players to sign for the club we will have to wait and see, although the Scot is certainly a good shout to start a new two-decade reign.
Jurgen Klopp – 16/1:
Having won successive Bundesliga titles before this season’s charge to the Champions League final, Klopp is certainly the flavour of the month and his style would be greatly appreciated at Old Trafford.
The German has the managerial nous to deal with big-name players but is also tipped to take the Real Madrid job when Jose leaves this summer, meaning he is probably best avoided here.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær – 25/1:
He may be young but if one man knows this club inside out it’s Solskjær and with Sir Alex taking up a director of football role the pair would work well over United’s transitional period.
Solskjær was a player and coach during his time in Manchester and has impressed football betting news pundits with Norwegian side Molde, winning the Tippeliga in his debut campaign. He is a long shout at 25/1 but stranger things have happened in football.
Note: Odds subject to change