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Next Manchester United manager betting: Why King Louis is the outstanding candidate

The latest odds and insider info on who will replace David Moyes at Manchester United...

by Josh Powell | April 22, 2014

Given the volume of leaks to the media, especially in the last couple of days, it’s clear somebody in a position of power at Manchester United was really not a fan of David Moyes. Stay classy, United.

The Paddy Power Blog has been told there were serious issues between Moyes, Ryan Giggs and executive vice-chairman Edward Woodward since the start of the season. No shocks there, perhaps, given the results.

Louis van Gaal is 7/4 favourite with Paddy Power to be Manchester United’s next permanent manager after the sacking of Moyes on Tuesday morning. Van Gaal has indicted (to our sources) that he’d quite like a shot at managing the Old Trafford club, thank you very much.

The Dutchman is not available until after the 2014 World Cup, however, as he leads the Netherlands into action there. That shouldn’t be a problem with Giggs taking over on Tuesday morning as interim manager. Giggs is 6/1 for the full-time gig, with Dortmund maestro Jurgen Klopp also amongst the frontrunners at 8/1.

If King Louis takes the job, we’re told to expect an Ajax-shaped backroom staff to come in, with an emphasis on youth development, if United have the talent. Either way, there’ll be a huge budget to play with, something of a rarity for van Gaal who didn’t have millions to spend even during his Barca reign.

Elsewhere, it’s an unlikely 16/1 for Sir Alex Ferguson to make an unprecedented return to the hot seat while Atletico Madrid manager Deigo Simoné is also available at 16/1.

Some people will feel sorry for Moyes. He was basically told he was taking the job at United, had Ferguson watching over his shoulder, and, along with Woodward, made a complete balls of things in the transfer market.

We’ll be having 50p on Pep, just for the craic.

Meanwhile, Paddy Power has refunded just over £10,000 to punters who had backed David Moyes to remain at the Manchester United helm beyond the 2013/14 season. We handed the dosh back to all customers who had backed Moyes to be in charge of the Red Devils’ final league game of the season and to those who wagered that he would remain as boss for over one year.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “We’re so close to the end of the season, it seems a shame for punters to lose out just for having a bit of faith in Moyes, so we’re happy to pay them out.”

Betting: Next Permanent Manchester United manager >

7/4     L Van Gaal
6/1     R Giggs
8/1     J Klopp
16/1    D Simoné
16/1    Sir A Ferguson
20/1    C Queiroz
25/1    P Guardiola
25/1    R Martinez
25/1    L Blanc
25/1    F De Boer
33/1    A Conte
33/1    F Capello
33/1    C Ancelotti
33/1    G Neville
33/1    G Hiddink
33/1    M Pochettino
40/1    V Del Bosque
40/1    J Mourinho
40/1    R Hodgson
40/1    R Benitez
50/1    P Neville
50/1    S Bruce
50/1    M O’Neill
50/1    OG Solskjaer
50/1    M Laudrup
50/1    L Scolari
500/1  H Webb

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