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Who could replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager?

Published 08/05/2013 | 09:38

<b>David Moyes</b><br/>
<b>Age:</b> 50<br/>
<b>Current club:</b> Everton<br/>
<b>Pros:</b> Has consistently over-achieved without much money at Everton. Familiar with the Premier League. Latest in a grand tradition of excellent Scottish managers. <br/>
<b>Cons:</b> No trophy wins in 12 years at Everton. Has little experience in Europe and an unremarkable record. Has never managed a club United's size.<br/>
<b>Current odds:</b> 10/11
David Moyes
Age: 50
Current club: Everton
Pros: Has consistently over-achieved without much money at Everton. Familiar with the Premier League. Latest in a grand tradition of excellent Scottish managers.
Cons: No trophy wins in 12 years at Everton. Has little experience in Europe and an unremarkable record. Has never managed a club United's size.
Current odds: 10/11
Jose Mourinho
Age: 50
Current club: Real Madrid
Pros: Almost certainly available at the end of the season. Fantastic record with top-level teams. Keen on a return to England.
Cons: Seemingly destined for Chelsea. Has never spent longer than three years at any club. Will want major transfers funds.
Current odds: 10/11
Jurgen Klopp
Age: 45
Current club: Borussia Dortmund.
Pros: Has worked wonders at Dortmund. Excellent record of developing young players. Plays attractive, winning football.
Cons: No experience of managaing outside Germany. His team trail Bayern Munich by 20 points in the Bundesliga. Is a maverick, perhaps a little too much for United.
Current odds: 8/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Age: 40
Current club: Molde
Pros: Enduring legend at Old Trafford. Has already coached at the club. Won Norwegian league in first and second seasons as a manager.
Cons: Is settled in Norway. Turned down move to Premier League with Aston Villa last year. His side are currently bottom of the table, seven games into the season.
Current odds: 25/1
Jupp Heynckes
Age: 67
Current club: Bayern Munich
Pros: Has turned Bayern Munich into one of the best team in Europe. Strong in Champions League. Vastly experienced.
Cons: Will need to be talked out of retirement. Is only four years younger than Ferguson. Has nothing to prove in football.
Current odds: 30/1
Michael Laudrup
Age: 48
Current club: Swansea City
Pros: Won League Cup in first season in English football. Plays attractive football. Could manage United for a decade if things go to plan.
Cons: Seems too sensible to rush into a big job. Had uneven record before joining Swansea. May find big-name players less receptive to his coaching.
Current odds: 40/1
Laurent Blanc
Age: 47
Current club: Out of work
Pros: Won French league with comparative minnows Brodeaux. Played for United. Experienced plenty of top-level clubs in his playing days.
Cons: Sacked as France manager after disappointing Euro 2012. Linked to race quota controversy around French national team (although Blanc and several players have denied he is racist). Appointing an unemployed manager is unlikely to please fans.
Current odds: 33/1
Mike Phelan
Age: 50
Current club: Manchester United
Pros: Will seamlessly carry on Ferguson's style. Has good relationship with the players. Has plenty of practice in front of the media.
Cons: Unlikely to be a long-term solution. Has never been anything more than an assistant. Frequently wears shorts on touchline.
Current odds: 66/1
Gary Neville
Age: 38
Current club: Sky Sports' five-a-side team (and England)
Pros: Has demonstrated his tactical nous on television repeatedly. Has high-level coaching experience with England. Adored by fans.
Cons: TV tactical nous may not translate to real world. Seems very content in media role, for now. No management experience.
Current odds: 40/1
Ryan Giggs
Age: 39
Current club: Manchester United
Pros: Ultimate romantic move for a romantic club. Has learned from the best. Has taken coaching badges.
Cons: No management experience. Change in role from player to manager could be a struggle. Entirely uncertain coaching credentials.
Current odds: 25/1
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