Extra Time: Bookies take bets on Benitez to replace Sir Alex Ferguson

The former Liverpool manager has locked horns with the retiring Manchester United boss several times but that has not stopped 12 punters backing the Spaniard to succeed the Scot
Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement as Manchester United manager has clearly had a stupefying effect on some who are placing bets on his successor.

8/1 Man Utd are 8/1 with William Hill not to finish in the top four next season
Goal.com exclusively revealed following the revelation that Everton boss David Moyes will be the man to replace the Scot when he steps down at the end of the season.

But William Hill have taken a number of bizarre bets on the next man to take the Old Trafford hotseat, with former Liverpool and current Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez backed by 12 punters.

Benitez [100/1] is far from the only odd name to be on the fringes of the betting. Fellow former Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish [250/1], who also had his fair share of run-ins with United, has taken one solitary bet.

And Martin O'Neill - who was 9/4 favourite to replace Sir Alex when he initially announced his retirement in 2001 before changing his mind - has taken four bets [100/1].

Elsewhere, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini [100/1], whose future remains up in the air after failing to defend the Premier League title also has one bet.

Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers' forgotten man, Steve Kean [100/1], who was sacked by the Ewood Park club earlier this season after overseeing their relegation to the Championship, has notched TWO bets.