David Moyes was today relieved of his duties as the Manchester United manager after just ten months in charge. Ryan Giggs has been given the role on an interim basis, which we expect will be until the end of the season as the Manchester United hierarchy begin the search for a new full-time manager.
As you’d expect, there have been several names linked with the position throughout the media today, and we’ve compiled a full list of managers who have featured in the press.
Louis Van Gaal – The heavy favourite. Apparently his advisors have told Tottenham he will not be joining them this summer, paving the way for Manchester United to swoop for the Dutchman. He promotes youth, plays nice football and takes no rubbish from his players. The perfect ‘quick fix’. (Reuters)
Jose Mourinho – A reliable source in the Italian media (Gianluca Di Marzio), said that United had already made an approach for Mourinho, and the Chelsea manager was considering his position. He is currently the bookmakers fifth favourite for the role. (Caught Offside)
Carlo Ancelotti – The former Chelsea man offered his sympathy for Moyes earlier on today, and has previous ties with management in England. Although a long shot, he could work wonders at United. (The Mirror)
Diego Simeone – Simeone has guided Atletico Madrid to the Champions League semi-finals, and four points clear at the top of La Liga as he looks to stop the Real Madrid and Barcelona dominance. He refused to comment when asked about Moyes last night. (Telegraph)
Managers who have ruled themselves out:
Jurgen Klopp – The enthusiastic German was the first manager to rule himself out of the running, he told the public that his contract in Dortmund was ‘not breakable’ and he is happy at the club. (The Guardian)
Pep Guardiola – The Spaniard has also ruled himself out, as he claims he’ll finish his three year contract in Bavaria as he still feels he can help the team grow. (Daily Mail)
Ryan Giggs – Although he may have the job on an interim basis, the evergreen Ryan Giggs has been told that he won’t be considered for the United job due to a lack of managerial experience. (BBC Sport)
Laurent Blanc – The former Manchester United centre-back only took over at Paris last summer, and looks set to stay for another year at least as he stopped any questions linking him with the United job immediately. (IB Times)
If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know in the comment box below and we’ll get them added.