In the wake of David Moyes‘ sacking at Manchester United, the focus will now turn to just who will replace Moyes as manager at Old Trafford. The list of ideal candidates includes Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and perhaps even Jose Mourinho for some fans. The reality, though, is not quite that appealing in the current managerial market.
The front-runners for the job are Louis Van Gaal and United stalwart Ryan Giggs, who has now been put temporarily in charge until the end of the season. Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has also been mentioned, but the chances of him leaving Dortmund, as he says himself, are zero right now.
Outside of those names the list runs down to promising managers like Roberto Martinez of Everton, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, Frank De Boer of Ajax and Mauricio Pochettino of Southampton. Giving the job to any of those names is, firstly, unlikely, and secondly, a gamble as it was hiring Moyes last summer. Are United ready for another gamble or is now the time for an experienced manager who has been at big European clubs before? It would seem so.
Giggs has only been put in charge temporarily and surely will not have as much of a chance as his position as third favorite for the job would suggest. It has been rumored that the Glazer family were not totally at ease giving Moyes a huge transfer budget this summer, perhaps as much as £200m, but by that notion, you could never justify not giving it to Moyes but then giving it to Giggs in his first ever job as a manager.
It all leaves one man for the job and more and more so that man, Van Gaal, is emerging as the outright leading contender with very few challengers for the job. Van Gaal certainly has the experience but whether he has the kind of management style to fit Manchester United will be the question asked. His career is littered with player disputes, as players oppose his methods time and time again.
Van Gaal advocates an attractive style of play which is pleasing on the eye, but it is a style, which history tells us from his previous jobs, takes at least a season or two to fully come to fruition. Do United have a season or two for Van Gaal to get things together? Will the Dutchman’s volatile, no-nonsense demeanor be something the United players will take to? Again, history tells us Van Gaal always has a problem or two with certain players who do not want to tolerate his management style.
We cannot answer these questions right now, but if Van Gaal does get the United job, then we will find out, and so will Manchester United. Whether it’s an improvement or not is yet to be determined