So it is official – David Moyes is leaving Everton at the end of the season to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, stepping into the biggest shoes in the world of football management.
Much like everybody else, here at bwin we are speculating how the former Preston boss will perform, and we have opened a market on how Moyes will get on in the competition many people think could be his Achilles heel – the Champions League.
As has been well documented, Moyes does not have a major trophy on his CV, which makes his appointment by the 20-times champions of England something of a surprise to some, but that does not mean he did a bad job at Everton.
Far from it, in fact. Moyes has performed well over his 11-year stint at Goodison Park, during which time he managed to finish in the top eight of the Premier League on eight separate occasions, as well as reach the FA Cup final in 2009, only to get beaten by Chelsea.
In fact, Moyes’ biggest achievement at Goodison was to finish fourth in 2005, which gave Everton the opportunity to qualify for the Champions League.
Unfortunately for Moyes, a 4-2 aggregate loss to Villarreal in the qualifying round, in no small part thanks to a Duncan Ferguson ‘goal’ that was incorrectly disallowed by Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, meant that Everton failed to qualify for the group stages.
It was the only chance that Moyes would ever get at the club.
That will all change for the 50-year-old now, of course, but having never managed in the Champions League, some United fans are sceptical about the prospect of a man with no previous experience of the competition replacing a man who has won it twice.
So how will the Red Devils fare in the tournament in 2013/14 with Moyes in charge and fuelled by a sense of grievance about their controversial elimination to Real Madrid this season?
It is 23/10 that United repeat this season’s run and go out in the last 16, and this is the slight favourite ahead of the quarter-finals, which is priced up as a 5/2 chance.
A price of 3/1 is available on him steering his new team to the semi-finals, while if you think he can take the Reds all the way, you can get 9/1 on Moyes emulating Ferguson’s achievements in 1999 and 2008 by winning it and the same price on them finishing runners-up.
But punters who believe his lack of European nous will count against him will surely be rushing to steam into the 7/1 that Moyes fails to get United out of the group stages – something which Ferguson also couldn’t manage in 2011 and 2005.
New bwin customers can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on United to exit the Champions League at the early available opportunity next term would return £160 if Moyes does indeed fail to negotiate his group.
bwin are also offering up a host of other specials, including his summer transfer activity, how many trophies he can win and his long-term job prospects, all of which you can read about right here.