Eurosport Roundtable: Who should replace David Moyes at Man United?


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It's happened: David Moyes has been fired as Manchester United manager.

Many were a little surprised with the timing of the decision from the MUFC board, up until the news broke late Sunday/early Bank Holiday Monday.

But given the season Moyes and United have suffered so far, it's not much of a shock that the axe did indeed fall before the start of 2014/15.

The big uncertainty now comes in the small matter of who is next to take the hot seat.

Last week's roundtable asked who would win the Premier League title race. It was pretty much a two-answer question, which ended heavily in favour of Liverpool.

This time, however, the options are pretty open.

Read on to find out who the Eurosport team thinks is the best man for the job, and then stick on your own thoughts on the matter via the comments section.

On your marks, get set...



Liam Happe - On Twitter @liamhappe

Louis van GaalThe hideous situation Manchester United now find themselves in is an ideal one for an experienced, hardened, respected manager with championship credentials to his name to breeze into, rally the downbeat but still undeniably talented troops, charm a few extra names into joining the cause and return the Red Devils to the Champions League. Said gaffer would come off like a hero after Moyes for achieving what used to be mandatory at Old Trafford less than a year ago. Van Gaal could well be the man to get the Robin van Persie of 2012-13 back, and happy to stay despite his ‘departing sinking ships’ previous. LVG would certainly opt for the set-up in Salford to working under Daniel Levy, surely…


Dan Quarrell - On Twitter @Dan_Eurosport

Carlo Ancelotti United must now demonstrate that the club has learned from appointing a manager with no experience of managing at the very highest level. It is painfully obvious that what is required is a cool, calm coach who has tasted success both domestically and on the biggest stage in Europe. Ancelotti was sacked as Chelsea boss a year after winning the double and has won the Champions League on two occasions. He has the clout and stature of Louis van Gaal, without the abrasive edge that so antagonises many top players; he has the confidence and man-management skills without the unstable ego. Crucially, perhaps, he has a good relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, but it is his achievements both with Chelsea in the Premier League and across Europe that make him the right man to stabilise United. This is not about providing Fergie with another manager he likes, rather the club with a leader who anyone in football – and perhaps most significantly the players – can admire and respect. If Real Madrid do not win the Champions League or La Liga this season, the odds of the Italian moving to Old Trafford will predictably tumble. It could well be a switch that ends up suiting all parties.


Toby Keel - Thinks Twitter is just a passing fad

Roberto Martinez – It beggars belief that Manchester United would poach a second Everton manager in as many years, of course. And with the United share price on the rocks there is next to no chance that the Glazers would sanction anything other than a proven Champions League-winning coach. But let's take a look at the finest and most exciting coaches working in Europe today: Pep Guardiola, Brendan Rodgers, Juergen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Laurent Blanc, Diego Simeone. What do they all share in common? They're men in their 40s, with fresh new ideas about how the game is played. All - with the exception of Blanc - took on jobs at clubs with big problems to solve, and despite being relatively unproven at the top level they all justified the faith shown in them. They all have something else in common: none of them has anything to gain by taking on the United job. But Martinez appears to be a man cut from the same cloth, and having turned 40 last year is primed for the best years of his career. After all, that's what they did in 1986 when they appointed Alex Ferguson: Fergie was 44 at the time, and having tasted plenty of success at a lower level of club was desperate to take on and transform a monolith like United.


Alex Chick - On Twitter @Alex_Eurosport

Louis van Gaal – Juergen Klopp is the sexier option but he seems wedded to Dortmund. What’s more, the performance and reported conduct of United’s senior players under David Moyes suggests they are incapable of responding to reason and need another dictator. They didn’t respect Moyes, questioning his credentials – anyone who fails to toe Van Gaal’s line will be out of the team in an instant. The Dutchman might have had his share of fallings-out, but like Fergie he uses the bust-ups as a way of reinforcing his authority; nobody takes on the manager and wins. Who cares that he’s well into his 60s? Who cares that he’ll only be there for three years? United don’t need a manager for the next two decades, they need a manager for now. If anything good came out of the Moyes fiasco, it was the harsh reality check that United did not discover some secret formula for long-term success. Fergie lasted 26 years because he was Fergie. Now he’s gone, and United are a club like any other. They must get back on track immediately, and Van Gaal gives them the best chance of doing so.


Reda Maher - On Twitter @Reda_Eurosport

Juergen Klopp – United need a flexible, progressive manager who can hit the ground running and restore confidence to a squad that won the league at a canter last season, without Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini. Klopp succeeded in turning Mainz into an entertaining attacking side, boosting their league position, but crucially he oversaw a similar level of progress at Dortmund, who are now one of the top teams in Europe. Klopp understands how to set up a team to challenge for titles, and – crucially given Moyes’ outdated vision of what constitutes positive play – the German’s philosophy is rooted in quick transitions and maximisation of possession and space. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone is also a miracle worker but Klopp has the edge with his mastery of English. United need to regain their mojo and regain it fast, and Simeone would not necessarily have the time to acquaint himself with the language and culture; Klopp once joked he would move to the Premier League when his ‘English was good enough’ – in good English, of course. Has distanced himself from leaving Dortmund, but that means nothing in this day and age. The one thing counting against him is his 'nice-guy' image'; according to reports, United's dressing room is out of control and needs a dictator. I have a sneaky suspicion he has a dark side, though...


Josh Hayward - On Twitter @JoshuaHayward99

Louis van Gaal –Van Gaal, who will step down as the boss of the Netherlands after the World Cup, would be a perfect fit for United. Well, almost. The Dutchman has made a career out of stabilising the unstable, getting his players to all pull in the same direction, and, quite possibly the most important factor of the lot, winning trophies. Bayern Munich – who, need I remind you, are the reigning European champions – can thank van Gaal for their recent achievements. The 62-year-old took over the reins at Bayern following a disastrous spell under German hero Jurgen Klinsmann, and acquired the services of Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben, whilst nurturing the likes of Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos – all players who act as the foundation for the Bavarian side’s success. Van Gaal has a staggering 19 trophies to his name, including the Champions League, UEFA Cup and league titles in Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.


Ben Snowball - On Twitter @BenSnowball

Joachim Loew – Van Gaal will upset everyone, Ancelotti won’t leave Madrid and Simeone got Becks sent off at France ‘98. No, what United need is someone capable of transforming a static side into one of the world’s most feared attacking outfits – the exact evolution Loew helped oversee at Germany. But despite taking Die Mannschaft to a final and two semi-finals during his eight-year reign, speculation is mounting that failure to bring home the World Cup could result in his departure. Seeing as United want to sign half the Bundesliga, Loew can spend the summer in Brazil tapping up his national heroes and convincing them to switch to Old Trafford. Time to prove yourself on the club stage, Jogi.


Louis van Gaal - 3

Carlo Ancelotti - 1

Juergen Klopp - 1

Roberto Martinez - 1

Joachim Loew - 1

Spoiled ballots (including answers such as Mickey Mouse, Fred The Red, and 'bring back Moyes') - 5

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