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Moyes, Mourinho lead the race

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MANCHESTER — David Moyes and Jose Mourinho are the front-runners to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.

Report by Daily Mail

The legendary Scot has announced his retirement and will join the board at Old Trafford.

Everton man Moyes is fractionally favourite to be the successor for the man who has been United manager for 27 years, winning 13 Premier League titles, two European Cups and five FA Cups.

Moyes’ Everton contract runs out in the summer and no agreement has been reached over a new deal.

The 50-year-old has previously said that he wanted to wait until the end of this campaign before deciding whether to extend his time at Goodison Park into a 12th year.

Mourinho’s Chelsea return has hit a snag with owner Roman Abramovich refusing to pay the buyout clause in the Real Madrid manager’s contract, as well as compensation for Mourinho’s backroom staff.

Leading men
David Moyes
Ferguson’s compatriot has been at Everton for over a decade and is the third longest serving manager in the Premier League. At a club which values stability, the consistency and loyalty of Moyes is of clear value.

However, there are doubts about his ability to manage at the highest level — astonishingly his Everton side has never been able to beat Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool away in 44 attempts.

But with a bigger budget and better players at his disposal, Moyes certainly has the potential to achieve great things at Old Trafford.

He would be willing to work with Ferguson watching over him from his new position on the board of directors.

Jose Mourinho
The former Chelsea manager has long had his eye on the United job.
When Real Madrid beat the Red Devils recently, Mourinho was unusually magnanimous in his post-match comments.

He is likely to leave the Spanish giants this summer after a relatively unsuccessful spell in the capital.

Chelsea are favourites to secure the Portuguese boss, but with a job as big as this becoming available, Mourinho will be interested.

However, many aspects of Mourinho’s character and career traits do not resonate with United’s values.

He tends to stay with sides for short periods and does not focus on youth development. Furthemore, Mourinho is “his own man” and although he gets on well with Ferguson, there could be friction if Sir Alex tries to interfere from above.

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