Next Man Utd Manager: Mourinho and Moyes favourites to replace Ferguson

8May 2013

England - Premier League


The day all Man United fans have dreaded is finally here as Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement, but who will be taking his mighty reins? Keep checking back as  we will be updating the story with the latest odds


Betfair's next Manchester United manager market has been around for 12 years, dating back to when Sir Alex Ferguson first discussed retirement. Football's landscape  has altered so drastically that Louis van Gaal, David O'Leary and Carlos Queiroz all once traded at less than 5.0 for the vacancy.


However, what has now become the most anticipated appointment in football management history has already seen punters shaping this into a two-horse race.


After a week of rumours linking Jose Mourinho with a move back to Chelsea, the Special One has now joined Everton's long-touted manager David Moyes as the market  leaders.


Current Real Madrid boss Mourinho is the slight favourite at 2.38, with Moyes trading just behind him at 2.72, although the prices are changing all the time.


Both men are widely expected to leave their current posts at the end of the season, with some observers suggesting that Moyes has long been earmarked as Fergie's  successor.


However, the waters have now been muddied by Mourinho's candid comments about his desire to move back to management in England after a stormy three-year spell at  Madrid.


Other notables in the market include Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, available at 10.0 and ex-striking legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at 32.0, who is nearing the end of his contract with Molde.


Other playing legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are currently available at 60.0 and 80.0 respectively.


Ferguson leaves a legacy of 38 trophies in his time as United boss, including 13 titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.


The Next Man Utd Manager market on Betfair: Key Facts


- The market opened in October 2001, after Sir Alex announced he was to retire at the end of the 2001/2 season

- The first bets in the market were on Louis van Gaal and David O'Leary

- Three managers have been matched at odds-on: David Moyes, Van Gaal and Carlos Queiroz (small monies traded)

- In total, bets have been placed on 76 different candidates


10:45am Update


David Moyes has steamed into 1.4 after a number of tweets suggested he was in pole position to take the job. As well as those famous 'Sky sources'. Mourinho is out to 5.0, with Jurgen Klopp trading at 20.0


14:00 Update


All the money is on the Everton manager now, with Moyes into 1.17 to get the job. Mourinho - trading at 1.42 favourite in for the Chelsea job - has drifted to 11.5.



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Keywords: Man Utd Manager, Mourinho, Moyes, Ferguson

Source: Betfair

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