Everton boss David Moyes has quickly become the strong odds-on favourite to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.
Ferguson confirmed this morning that he will stand down after United’s trip to West Brom on May 19th following a trophy-laden, 26-year tenure at Old Trafford.
In the wake of the shock announcement, we priced up a market – which you can see by clicking here – on the next United manager and Moyes headed up the list at evens.
However, within hours the price on the Scot has tumbled to 3/10 as money comes in for the man who was being linked to a potential role as Ferguson’s assistant next season earlier in the week.
Moyes’ contract at Everton expires this summer and he would surely jump at the chance to manage United, even if succeeding Ferguson will be one of the toughest gigs in football.
The wave of support for Moyes has also seen Jose Mourinho drift from 11/10 to 4/1, although the Special One remains second favourite to take up the reins if, as expected, he comes back to England this summer.
There have been strong suggestions that Mourinho is on the brink of completing a dramatic return to Chelsea, with only a dispute over an involuntary break clause delaying his departure from Real Madrid.
It would be fascinating to hear his reaction to the news that a job he has long coveted is finally available, particularly if he has not fully committed to the Blues just yet.
You only need to recall how desperate an unusually meek and mild-mannered Mourinho was not to tread on any toes throughout Real’s clash with United in the Champions League last 16 this term to see that he did not want to burn any bridges with the Reds.
Meanwhile, there has also been a small move for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the popular former United striker and current Molde boss now backed in to 25/1 from 33/1.