Will Ryan Giggs be next in the Old Trafford hot-seat?
Ryan Giggs is now as low as 2/1 to be next United boss
January 25th, 2016
Much was expected when Louis van Gaal took over the reins from David Moyes. Much wasn’t delivered however and following a dismal season under Moyes, the Red Devils are struggling to keep up with the Premier League leaders under Van Gaal and currently sit some seven points adrift of surprise league leaders Leicester City.
Not only that, the club are playing no further part in this season’s Champions League after being knocked out in the group stage, despite embarking on a large spending spree since the Dutchman’s arrival. Hardly surprising then that sections of the Old Trafford support have been calling for his dismissal and with a winless run of eight games ending in late December, the pressure has hardly been lifted from the 64 year-old’s shoulders.
The Red Devils have been utterly convincing this season and the supporters have been bemoaning a somewhat sterile and negative on-field approach. A decent 1-0 win against arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield could have resurrected United’s title hopes, however this result was followed by a dismal 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton at the weekend and despite Van Gaal’s contract not expiring until next season, reports are emerging which suggest that he may possibly be on his way out much sooner.
As a result of these alleged reports, the bookies are continuing to slash the odds on his most likely successor. Ryan Giggs has emerged as a frontrunner and Paddy Power go as low as 2/1 that the current assistant boss could land the permanent position.
Giggs sits as second-favourite just behind former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and the ex Stamford Bridge boss is 6/5 with Sky Bet to be next in the Old Trafford hot-seat. Indeed, Mourinho has been linked with the Manchester United job for some years now and many feel that it is only a matter of time before we see him in charge of the Red Devils. He would certainly prove to be a popular choice amongst a United fan-base which is growing increasingly tired of Van Gaal’s approach and rumours of his possible appointment are continuously fuelled by the numerous street vendors who are selling Mourinho scarves around Old Trafford during match days.
Pep Guardiola remains another possibility and his price has fallen from 8/1 to 5/1, however it is clear that this remains a two-horse race between Mourinho and Giggs.
They aren’t the only ones in the running though. How about Sir Alex Ferguson making a shock return to football management at Old Trafford? He is as low as 6/1 with SkyBet and who knows, stranger things have happened.
Next Manchester United permanent manager best odds
Jose Mourinho – 11/8
Ryan Giggs – 7/2
Pep Guardiola – 6/1
Diego Simeone – 16/1
Gary Neville – 33/1
Mark Hughes – 33/1
Joachim Low – 40/1
Alan Pardew – 50/1