After an Easter Monday of frenzied speculation and also some obviously completely made-up counter-rumour, Manchester United have parted company with David Moyes. After getting through the important business of wishing Dion Dublin a happy 45th birthday, the club announced that the 50-year-old Scot’s time with the club was at an end just 10 months into the six year contract that Fergie thought necessary to safeguard the transition to the new regime.
After murmurs of disharmony and devious shenanigans in the background, club legend and famous lover to his brother’s wife, Ryan Giggs has be appointed as interim manager. With all his experience both on and off the pitch, he will surely ensure a steady end to the season for United.
In the longer term, Louis van Gaal is considered the front-runner for the job on a permanent basis. The Dutchman has the small matter of leading the Netherlands into a World Cup to attend to, but once they secure their inevitable heroic failure to deliver, he’d be free to go about tidying up Moyes’s efforts.
It’s rarely that simple however when it comes to the manager markets. When Fergie went, Moyes was considered a double digit outside bet for the role until a plunge same him shoot up the betting into the position of favourite. Are we likely to see something similar this time around? With Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone, Roberto Martinez and Mauricio Pochettino all impressive in their respective jobs, maybe there’s a shock on the cards.