MOYES VS MOURINHO – Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to step down as Manchester United manager has led to plenty speculations regarding his potential successor, with David Moyes and Jose Mourinho featuring highly among the candidates to take over at Old Trafford.
Both coaches have been linked with a move away from their respective teams in the summer with Moyes' contract expiring in the summer, and an extension is yet to be signed while Mourinho on the other hand is still locked in a battle of wills at the Bernabeu club: to force an exit from the Spanish giants, but his destination in the summer remains yet unknown.
The possible vacancy at Manchester United is likely to impact the ongoing delicate manoeuvring between Mourinho and Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez, as both men look to profit from the Portuguese coach's likely exit from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the coming weeks, but an Old Trafford arrival for the former Porto and Inter Milan coach may materialize as his agent Jorge Mendes has stated that its 80% likely he joins Chelsea this summer, despite the rumoured interest in succeeding Sir Alex.
Moyes has continued to play the waiting game ever since announcing in February that he would make a final decision in the summer. He did so again last Friday. The Scot has has refused to commit himself, fuelling talks that he has developed itchy feet, and speculation as to where next he might go.
Several German coaches could also be in the mix for the United job as well. The three most likely names you will hear about are Jupp Heynckes, Jurgen Klopp – who face each other in the Champions League final later this month, and Joachim Low.
But can any of these three German managers be a great choice for the most sought-after football club management job in the world?
Could the ideal choice be Klopp? The Borussia Dortmund boss has taken Europe by storm this season. He is refreshing, not only for his free counter-attacking style of football, but also for his humorous and light-hearted media approach and great language skills.
Having masterminded a hugely successful era at Dortmund, Klopp may be unwilling to leave the Champions League finalists on short notice, and jump at the first chance to come his way.
Could Low be the one? The Germany boss may not be willing to step down one year ahead of what could finally be his first title-winning tournament with Germany at next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil. The chances of him leaving before then in virtually zero.
This leaves Bayern Munich boss Heynckes, aged 68. Heynckes will end his third stint at Bayern in the summer after a record-breaking season, with Pep Guardiola replacing him. The Bayern boss has continuously been linked with a return to La Liga, but only recently has hinted at quitting football altogether.
Whereas the idea of one final challenge might sound appealing to him, if Heynckes decides to continue his career, it is thought he would more likely return to Spain. His age may also be a determining factor as the at Old Trafford hierarchy are looking at longevity on the hot seat.
Would Ancelotti want the job? If the French press are to be believed, Ancelotti has his heart set on Madrid having reportedly turned them down twice. However, that was before the talks of Ferguson leaving surfaced.
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