A mere ten years after nearly retiring for the first time, it looks like Sir Alex Ferguson may be on the first leg of his farewell tour.
The Scot has suggested that he may hang up his chewing gum in two or three years which opens up one of the most coveted and pressured hot-seats in football. After all, which singer would want to follow Pavarotti? Which presenter would want to replace Tarrant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Who would want to follow John Prescott into the toilet? All terrifying and daunting prospects. Here are the men who might just take that leap.
Probably the only man in the world with the confidence to think he can improve upon the legend of Sir Alex, Mourinho has already said that he would not rule out a move to England, which surely only means Chelsea or Man United. Real Madrid have shown that they are not slow to let their managers go so Mourinho could be looking for his P45 in the none to distant future should their league form not improve.
The third longest serving manager in the Premier League, Moyes has regularly been touted as a potential successor to his countryman. He has long shown himself to be a shrewd, confident manager, operating for over a decade on a shoestring budget. He has got Everton batting above their average for over a decade and maybe now is the time for him to have his shot at the big time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
This would represent a huge risk by the Glazers but one that could really pay off. The baby-faced assassin is an Old Trafford legend and has cut his teeth by turning Molde into Norwegian also-rans to national champions. He has turned down a couple of Championship managerial jobs, possibly in the hope of a call from David Gill. He is still a novice, so maybe one for the future.
The former Barcelona manager is currently taking some time out of the game, but could be tempted by a new challenge at one of the very few clubs which can match the spending power and quality of Barca. Guardiola will be keen for a return to the game in time and that could very neatly coincide with Sir Alex’s purchase of a pair of slippers and a box set of Downton Abbey. Maybe United would provide something of a culture shock for Pep and he may not be able to adapt to British football, but we’ve been surprised before.
O’Neill has made a career out of taking decent clubs with potential and man-managing the hell out of them to vastly inflated positions. Remember, this is the man that took Leicester City to the top of the Premiership. As with Moyes, surely he deserves his shot at the big time and his management skills aren’t dissimilar to Ferguson’s.
Currently the highest priced candidate available online. The former Manchester City player and manager is currently at 949/1 for the job and won the FA Cup when manager of Everton. He is out of work since… oh who cares? He’s not going to get the job is he? Just give it to Jose and be done with it, Malcolm.