Louis van Gaal has continually called for an end to speculation and reports suggesting his position in charge of Manchester United is under threat, but that’s just not going to happen.
Ryan Giggs, an assistant manager with four games experience in charge of the side, and Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea for poor results this term, are the two frontrunners to replace the Dutch boss.
Clearly, neither has a completely strong case for taking over from Van Gaal, so it would be wise for Man Utd chiefs to think of an alternative and they don’t need to look hard for an ideal candidate.
Sevilla’s 3-1 win over Liverpool ensured their third Europa League crown in a row and boss Unai Emery deserves plaudits for these accomplishments.
The Red Devils are currently priced at 6/1 to win next season’s Premier League, but with Emery in charge they would perform better in 2016/17 than they have under the Dutch boss.
Three consecutive European triumphs are enough to warrant substantial acclaim for the Spaniard, especially as the Old Trafford outfit will be in this competition next term, but there are other strings to the 44-year-old’s bow.
Los Rojiblancos’ win percentage under their gaffer is 52.45% and he has succeeded elsewhere in Spain.
Before moving to his current employers, the former midfielder’s last spell in charge of a La Liga club came with Valencia.
He took Los Che to two third-place finishes in his final two seasons there, a particularly impressive feat when you consider the quality in Spain.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have locked up two of the top three places in each of the past 12 seasons, with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and of course Sevilla other strong candidates to make it into those automatic Champions League places.
Furthermore, Valencia haven’t finished higher than fourth in the four years since he departed, languishing in 12th in this Gary Neville-influenced campaign, just showing how integral Emery was to those earlier successes.