Next Manchester United Manager

This entry was posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014

More than a Club? Less of a shambles then next time please

The longest-running betting market at Betfair (established 2001) was who would succeed Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Favourites came and went; hard to believe now but there were times when David O’Leary and Walter Smith were at the top of the list. Neither of those two are likely to be heading the Glazers’ list this week as they hunt for David Moyes’ successor (although it would be tremendous trolling of an astonishingly impatient fan-base if they did), as all eyes instead look to Dutchman Louis van Gaal instead.

Yet despite LVG’s 1.43 favouritism on Betfair, we simply cannot see it. Van Gaal is a notoriously abrasive character, and surely would seek to cancel any Fergie influence from above. The combination of the two men seems unlikely.

The second favourite Ryan Giggs (8) is also surely a non-runner. Jobs given full-time to successful caretakers from Roberto di Matteo to Ricky Sbragia (and that is just the ones who like Giggs, have first names that begin with an ‘R’`) have absolutely zero precedent of success. Add to this the risk of dropping out of the Champions League for a second year running, and to quote Gordon Brown (for probably the first and last time on this website), “this is no time for a novice.”

Which brings us to an outsider, but a young, charismatic coach who had a stellar playing career and has proven a dab hand at gaffership. Antonio Conte at 22 – get right on it.

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