As the world deals with the least shocking managerial sacking of the Premier League season, this is an excellent chance to start looking at some specific Manchester United betting odds. So how do the bookmakers rate Utdís chances of bouncing back next season? Well William Hill have opened some interesting markets already, and they donít rate Utdís chances very highly at all.
There are of course a lot of unknowns at this stage, not least who will be managing the team for the first game. They also donít know whether theyíll be in Europe at all, although the Champions League is definitely out of the question for them. The bookies also think it may well be out of reach next season too as them to finish in the top 4 next season is 11/10 with William Hill.
On any given day, as they have sporadically shown this season, Manchester Utd can still pull out a performance so a cup isnít out of the question. William Hill have them as 7/1 to win the cup in any of the knockout tournaments they will be in (or probably will be in) next season; the League Cup, FA Cup and the Europa League.
Looking over the odds for the next permanent manager it reads as a wish list rather than a well thought out succession plan. Having spurned, or been spurned, by some of the worldís top managerial talent last summer their options will be more limited this year, with the addition of a major overhaul being required and no Champions League football.
If you fancy a punt then Louis Van Gaal is the favourite at 7/4. He has the experience and is available (something the Glazers might be very interested in given the payoff Moyes will receive as well), but is he more than a stopgap at the age of 62? Where are the young up and coming managers to take on these roles?
Van Gaalís last club role was with Bayern Munich four years ago. He won everything there was to win domestically, but that was the Bundesliga. If he came to the Premier League in the summer he would find a very different playing field.
After Van Gaal itís a strange hotchpotch of people that might be available or looking for a new challenge with Jurgen Klopp and Ryan Giggs both available at 10/1. Then itís Diego Simeone at 20/1 and Carlos Queiroz at 25/1.
Roberto Martinez, whoís done such a great job since succeeding Moyes at Everton is even available at 33/1, not that far off Mourinho at 37/1 who must be considered a ridiculous long shot regardless of the price.
It just goes to show how limited the pool of available managers is for the top jobs, and how timing is everything in getting the right one in. Manchester Utd and Fergie might have failed with that task last summer, and it wonít be any easier this year either.
In closing weíd just like to say good luck to Manchester Utd, and to their fans. If you support a football team long enough youíre going to experience some time in the wilderness, but no team is down and out forever. Itís just the road back can be long and hard.
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