Top 10 candidates to become the new Manchester United manager
With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, OTP looks at some of the runners and riders who could replace him.
1. David Moyes
The Everton manager has long been thought of as being Fergie’s preferred successor and is already favourite for the post with the bookmakers. A fellow Glaswegian, disciplinarian and hardman, Moyes would ensure continuity in management style. However, he’s never held a managerial post that came with as much pressure as the United job would.
2. Jose Mourinho
It’s football’s worst kept secret that he’s leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season. Chelsea seemed the likely destination, but Fergie stepping down could throw a spanner in the works. He is a proven winner and has held some of the most pressurised managerial posts in European football. But his self-imposed three-year job lifespan would mark a big departure for United.
3. Jurgen Klopp
The Borussia Dortmund boss has done it Fergie-style with his current club, helping to build a system that will develop a production line of homegrown talent for the German side. His run to the Champions League final shows he can cut it in the dugout, too.
4. Jupp Heynckes
A short-term option would be Bayern Munich manager Heynckes. His reward for winning the league and reaching the Champions League final is to be given the shove in favour of Pep Guardiola. He’s available, experienced and – as anyone who’s seen Bayern Munich this season will testify – pretty damn good.
5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The legendary United super sub impressed during his time in charge of the club’s reserve side before leaving to cut his managerial teeth in his native Norway. Bringing him back at this stage would represent a big risk, but there’s no doubt that the Old Trafford faithful would get behind him.
6. Laurent Blanc
Another United old boy who’s sure to be in contention. He stepped down as manager of the France national team after Euro 2012. He found that role a bit tricky, but had previously impressed as Bordeaux boss.
7. Gary Neville
Neville knows United from top to bottom and has shown his tactical nous during his impressive punditry slots for Sky Sports. His time shadowing England manager Roy Hodgson can’t have done any harm. Plus, Phil’s available to become his assistant…
8. Manuel Pellegrini
The Chilean has been linked with the Chelsea and Manchester City jobs, but that was before anyone even thought the United job might be available. He’s vastly experienced and has caught the eye with his spell at current side Malaga.
9. Michael Laudrup
A name that instantly commands respect in the footballing world. And he’s backing that reputation up with some astute management. Many predicted a car crash when he took over at Swansea, but the only metalwork on display has been the Capital One Cup.
10. Mike Phelan
United might surprise everyone and ‘do a Barcelona’ by appointing the current boss’ assistant. Phelan’s not exactly high profile, but he does have a lot of experience of dealing with some of the pressures of the top job during Fergie’s media blackouts.
Who do you reckon will get the post?