It’s Louis van Gaal who’ll be getting the Manchester United job. We’ve no proof for that, but based on a flood of bets and rumours over the last few hours, that certainly seems to be the way the wind is blowing. Overnight, the 62 year old Dutchman went from being favourite to be Next Manchester United manager to being the red hot favourite to mop up David Moyes’ handiwork.
Apparently well-informed Dutch newspaper, De Telegraf report that a deal has been done, but they’re not shouting it from the rooftops – more mumbling it from behind a closed door. They talk about a villa in the Algarve and meetings with United’s top brass, but whether or not it amounts to anything other than the Dutchman topping up his tan ahead of taking the Netherlands to Brazil will only become clear in coming days.
Whatever result they get from putting 2+2 together, it was enough to see van Gaal’s odds get trimmed faster than a bushy bikini line as the summer comes into view. As we snuggled up in bed last night, he was 4/6 to be the next United manager, but on the back of the reports and a flood of money, that’s now in to 1/5 and likely to shrink further.
Ryan Giggs has also received lots of support, particularly in light of recent comments from Sir Alex Ferguson saying that the player’s experience at Old Trafford made him an ideal candidate for the role. Whether or not the Glazers will listen to Fergie after the flop of his most recent anointed one is highly doubtful.
Friday certainly seemed to moving day in terms of the betting – mostly managers moving themselves away from any connection with the job. Both Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea loudmouth, Jose Mourinho strongly denied any interest in the position, going along with the apparent disinterest from Borussia Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp.
After that, high quality options that are available start to get a bit thin on the ground. Peter Schmeichel has been pushing Steve Bruce for it. And he kept a straight face while doing it, so it may not have been a joke.
It’s not quite a done deal, but Malcolm Glazer certainly looks to be closing in on his Gaal.