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Louis van Gaal the bookies’ favorite to permanently replace David Moyes

Apr 21, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

Is Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal the right man to replace Moyes? Is Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal the right man to replace Moyes?

Following reports that David Moyes is set to be sacked as Manchester United manager, Sky Bet has slashed the odds to 3/1 for Holland manager Louis van Gaal to take over as permanent replacement at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal has managed Clockwork Orange since July 2012 and led his country through the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications with an impressive undefeated record, winning nine matches and drawing one.

Until today, widespread speculation had linked van Gaal with succeeding Tim Sherwood at Tottenham this summer. On at least two separate occasions the Dutch coach has mentioned his desire to manage in the Premier League and was expected to make the move after the World Cup concludes this July. 

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the next favored to replace Moyes, at 9/2. A master tactician and player favorite, Klopp has rejuvenated a Dortmund side with successive Bundesliga titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as well as a Champions League runners-up medal last year.

Current winger and 24-year United veteran, Ryan Giggs, is 7/1 odds to permanently succeed Moyes. Giggs, who is rumored to have fallen out of favor with Moyes this season, is the most decorated player in English football history with 13 Premier League winner’s medals, four FA Cup winner’s medals, three League Cup winner’s medals and two Champions League winner’s medals, and also holds the club record for competitive appearances. He will be the natural replacement on the interim basis but all indications are that a permanent managerial deal isn’t in the cards. 

From there, the odds of a different manager taking the helm at United become more far fetched with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone 14/1, Sir Alex Ferguson 16/1, Carlos Quierox 16/1, Laurent Blanc 25/1, Mauricio Pochettino 25/1 and David Beckham 250/1.

  1. drewvt6 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Van Gaal is a good experienced pick. If they wanna go young, I’d love to see them pickup de Boer from Ajax.

    • drewvt6 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      by the way I’m sure Giggs has fallen out of favor with Moyes because of the fact he’s a threat to Moyes and he’s probably more tactically adept than Moyes.

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