Betting Special: Louis van Gaal favourite to replace Moyes

A 2-0 defeat to Everton was the final straw for the Old Trafford hierarchy and Paddy Power make the Netherlands boss favourite to replace Moyes
David Moyes' appointment at Manchester United raised plenty of questions about the former Everton boss and his ability to live up to the expectations that accompany such a prestigious job.

In truth, Moyes hasn't really looked as if he belonged in the Old Trafford dugout and on Tuesday morning a statement was released by the club which confirmed that the 50-year-old Scot was no longer in charge.

Next Manchester United boss

Odds from Paddy Power
Louis van Gaal 7/4
Jurgen Klopp 5/1
Ryan Giggs 6/1
Sir Alex Ferguson 16/1
Diego Simeone 16/1
Antonio Conte 20/1
Frank de Boer 25/1
Pep Guardiola 25/1
Leading the market to replace him is Louis van Gaal at 7/4 (2.75), the man who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Tottenham in recent weeks. But punters clearly believe that the man who will lead the Netherlands in Brazil this summer will be a highly-sought after appointment.

The 62-year-old's contract with the Dutch FA will expire after the World Cup, and he has been open about his desire to manage in the Premier League, so it's of little surprise to see him as the market favourite.

There are a number of candidates with strong links to the club in the other front running positions to replace Moyes, with former assistant manager Carlos Queiroz being backed into 20/1 (5.50) with Paddy Power, having been as big as 66/1 (67.0).

Ryan Giggs has also been backed in recent weeks and now resides at 6/1 (7.0), although given the number of high profile, experienced candidates that could be available it seems unlikely that the Old Trafford hierarchy would risk appointing someone without any managerial experience on a long-term basis.

It could be more likely that Giggs would take over in an interim capacity for the final few games of the season, but the bookmakers could require the United midfielder to be appointed on a longer term basis in order to settle the market so punters should use caution with this selection.

That same logic could apply to the fact that Paddy Power make Sir Alex Ferguson a 16/1 (17.0) chance to be the next Manchester United manager.

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is made a 25/1 (26.0) chance, although even at that price such a switch seems increasingly unlikely given how well the Bavarian club are doing under the former Barcelona man and how much work appears to be required at Old Trafford.

Jurgen Klopp is a 5/1 (6.0) bet according to the Irish bookmakers and although perhaps more plausible than Guardiola, the fact remains that United could struggle to lure a manager of his ilk who is currently employed at a stable, successful club, especially after defeat to Everton meant that United could no longer qualify for the Champions League. Klopp's contract with Dortmund runs until 2018 and he has gone on record several times to make clear that he has little intention of breaking that agreement, albeit the lure of Manchester United is a signficant one.

Though Van Gaal is the seemingly obvious choice, managerial appointments can often see several candidates as favourite before someone is appointed and longer odds punters could be tempted by backing candidates such as Diego Simeone (16/1), Antionio Conte (20/1) or Frank De Boer at 25/1 (26.0)

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