The worst kept secret in Premier League history finally came out when David Moyes was sacked by Manchester United.
What is fascinating about major appointments like that of Moyes at Old Trafford is that often people who have been fantastic to a certain level, like him, just don’t have the inner confidence, arrogance, personal belief – call it what you like – to make the step up.
A manager needs to walk in the dressing room and know the players both fear him and respect him at the same time. That is the only way to get the best out of them.
It has always been the same – even back when I was playing – and it seems Moyes wasn’t able to command that.
We all knew United needed rebuilding with fresh players for an ageing squad, but the difference from last year to this has just been too much and finally the Glazers decided enough was enough.
I suppose you could argue Moyes has spent £64m on Fellaini and Mata and he still has a complete back four and midfield to rebuild. The thought of giving him another £200m to spend was too much for the Glazers to consider.
The next question, of course, is who will become the next United manager? Not surprisingly, it’s our most popular betting market at the moment at Sky Bet.
The odds are changing all the time, but the most significant money has been for Louis van Gaal, who has had success at Bayern Munich and Barcelona and is currently 8/11 at the top of the market.
He would bring with him that confidence and arrogance and, from the United hierarchy’s point of view, he would be a safe pair of hands at the helm of a very big club.
That is really what the fans and the owners are looking for.
Carlo Ancelloti is second in the betting at 6/1, another who fits the profile at the very top level and someone who could come in and make United competitive again pretty quickly.
Third favourite might surprise a few people – Jose Mourinho – who was really keen on the job before Moyes became Sir Alex Ferguson’s Chosen One.
Jurgen Klopp is 18/1 for the job and then you have Ryan Giggs at 25/1, but no matter what his mates might come out and say about Giggs being the right man for the job full-time, it would be a huge risk.
His price reflects that fact, although it’s highly likely he will stay as part of any backroom staff going forward.
And I still think it’s a problem for United that Sir Alex is still around the place.
When he stepped down, I think it would have been wise for him to take a complete break and for the club to ask him to stay away for a while, even a year or two, before coming back as a global ambassador.
Yes, he appointed someone in his own image, someone who was like him 25 years ago, but the reality is the game has moved on.
Whoever takes over is likely to be suffocated to a certain extent by Sir Alex’s success for as long as they can see him sitting in the directors’ box, making a perfect shot for any TV producer whenever United concede a goal.
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