Battle To Be Next Manchester United Manager Looks A Two Horse Race

Richard Smith by Richard Smith / 08 May 2013, 10:28

With reports of grown men calling radio stations and crying live on air following the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is set to retire as the manager of Man Utd, it is clear that the magnitude of the announcement from Old Trafford on Wednesday morning is going to create huge talking points within football for some time.

The immediate question on everybody's lips, Man Utd fans or otherwise, is who will be filling the massive shoes that Ferguson will be leaving in the dugout at the 'Theatre of Dreams' after 26 years in charge? The early signs suggest that the race to become next Manchester United manager is a two horse battle between Jose Mourinho and David Moyes.

David Moyes

The early odds to replace Ferguson show Mourinho as the favourite at a best price of 11/8 following the statement from the recently crowned Premier League champions that Ferguson would step down at the end of the season. Next in the betting is current Everton boss, David Moyes, who can be backed at odds of 7/4.

After the two market leaders comes Borussia Dortmund's highly touted Jürgen Klopp at 12/1 followed by former Untied striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who can be backed at odds as big as 40/1 and after the current Molde boss, it is a case of take your pick from a host of mangers in the game.

Arguably one of the biggest jobs in world football, the Man Utd manager's position is one that the club won't want to get wrong. During his 26 year tenure at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson has won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, the FA Cup five times, the League Cup four times, the European Cup Winners Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup!

No manager currently in employment can come close to that kind of trophy haul and as such, whoever is appointed will have their work cut out to continue the levels of success that Manchester United fans have come to expect but whoever it is will surely benefit from the foundations already in place.

Jose Mourinho is the natural successor for many with the Portuguese boss already able to boast league titles in England, Italy, Portugal and Spain along with two Champions League titles. In fact, with 20 trophies to his name after just 12 years as a manager, his trophy per year ratio is better than Ferguson's and if he continues at that rate over the next 20 years, Mourinho will have blown Ferguson's record out of the water and Old Trafford could well be the perfect stage to achieve that.

Jose Mourinho

Many would argue that Mourinho's ego is potentially a problem and his explosive personality could see him walk away at any time if appointed as he has shown previously with four clubs to his name in ten years and likely to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, whether that is for Man Utd or Chelsea.

On the other hand, whilst Moyes may not come with an ego the same size as one of the world's biggest teams, the 50 year old Scot has no trophy to his name other than a League One title when manager of Preston North End. Neither does he have that all important Champions League experience. However, many would argue what he has achieved at Everton over the past 11 years is remarkable and akin to winning silverware many times over and in terms of personality and attitude to the game, many suggest that Moyes is the perfect replacement and a personal recommendation of Sir Alex.

Of the other names linked, all come with some element of risk and question marks to answer. After enjoying the same incumbent for almost three decades, an intriguing period now awaits in the history of Manchester United and those responsible for Ferguson's successor must get it right if the club is not lose its grip on the Premier League.

The question is, who will it be?

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