David Moyes favourite to replace Alex Ferguson

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 14:37

London: A flurry of bets on David Moyes suceeding Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss means his price is now as short as 8/11 (1.73) while BetVictor are holding firm with an industry-best price of 11/10 (2.10) about the 50-year-old making the move to Old Trafford from Goodison Park this summer.

Although the recent bets for Moyes may mean the Scot dominates the market, this can often lead to some bigger prices on other candidates getting the job.

Moyes has done a good job with Everton, consistently leading them to strong finishing positions in the Premier League but his lack of experience at the very top level could be enough to put off punters not wishing to get involved at such short prices.

Jose Mourinho appears to be lining up a summer move to the Premier League and although he is second favourite in the market, his comments about Chelsea in recent weeks - as well as Rafael Benitez confirming he`ll leave his interim post at the end of the season - means there looks little value in backing the Portuguese to take over at Old Trafford.

There are a number of big names who are also in the running according to the bookmakers, albeit as outsiders to the two frontrunners.

Jurgen Klopp has had success domestically with Borussia Dortmund during his spell at the German club and with a Champions League final against Bayern Munich on the horizon this month, he has demonstrated his ability to manage at the highest level.

He could well be worth considering as a 25/1 (26.0) shot with BetVictor, especially considering his quotes of 6/1 (7.0) elsewhere.

There are also a number of former Manchester United players available at long odds to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a 33/1 (34.0) chance while Laurent Blanc, who has experience at domestic and international level, is available at 40/1 (41.0).

Despite his lack of managerial experience, Gary Neville is made a 50/1 (51.0) chance, although it seems more likely any move Neville made into management would probably be as an assistant, considering the size of the task at hand in succeeding the most successful manager in English football.

Managerial markets are notoriously volatile and for that reason they shouldn`t be invested in heavily but with such heavy support for Moyes there certainly appears to be some small stakes value in backing a candidate such as Klopp who could prove an outsider worthy of a shorter quote than 25/1 (26.0).

Gopal.com



First Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 14:37

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