Gary Neville and Jurgen Klopp Are The Same Odds To Be Next Manchester United Manager
The managerial merry-go-round has been a bit stunted so far this season with only one departure seen in the Premier League so far.
After 13 games, Manchester United head honcho Jose Mourinho has now recorded a worst points tally than the one gained by the ill-fated David Moyes after taking over from fellow Scot Sir Alex Ferguson - 21 points to 22 in the 2013/14 season - and The Special One’s future at Old Trafford remains on a knife-edge.
Speculation regarding his tenure looks to threaten United’s entire season, and he has moved up to second favourite to be the first manager to leave his post next (12/1).
The list of contenders to take over from the Portuguese is freely available to view, and makes for an eclectic rag-tag bunch devised by the bookies.
As you’d expect, Zinedine Zidane (6/4) and Antonio Conte (6/1) are still milling around, but more beguiling is when one peruses, further down the list, some startling speculative names.
Currently, the bookies back Gary ‘Red Nev’ Neville astonishingly at the same price as Jurgen Klopp, current proprietor at United’s fiercest rivals Liverpool.
Neville literally and figuratively bleeds the red of Manchester, having been a devout servant at the club for two decades, making close to 400 appearances, winning everything there is to win in the game, before hanging up his well-worn boots in 2011. A failed managerial spell at Valencia lead him back on the pathway of punditry.
Jürgen Klopp on-the-other-hand is adored at Anfield - despite failing to bring home the bacon as of yet - and the thought of him swapping Merseyside for Manchester is almost unthinkable.
You can find both Neville and Klopp at 100/1 (Betfair) to replace Mourinho - ahead of the chances for a returning Moysey.
The closest linkage between a manager overseeing both teams is the great Sir Matt Busby, who was a Liverpool captain (as well as a player at Manchester City) but who went onto define Manchester United as a manager, becoming the first English side to win the European Cup in 1968 and remains one of the most revered coaches the game has ever produced.
If you’ve got a few quid to spare and enjoy frittering away your time on who the next United manager could be, you could also back die-hard fan Andy Tate at 500/1 - the same price as manager of 40 years’ experience Neil Warnock - although you would be a fool, you would know nothing, and it would be a waste of time.