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Your! Call: Who should replace Ferguson at Manchester United?

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
5/8/2013 12:59:09 PM
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After 26 years, 13 Premier League championships, two Champions League titles and five FA Cups, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring from his position. 

With many names being rumoured to take over the job, the question is who should replace Ferguson at Manchester United?

When the news broke on Wednesday that Ferguson, who took over the job at Old Trafford in 1986, would be calling it quits at the end of the season, two names immediately sprung to the front of the line as replacements.

Current Everton manager David Moyes is considered the front runner to take over the reins of Manchester United after 11 years in charge at Goodison Park.

The Scottish born manager's best accomplishment with Everton was when he led them to an FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Chelsea in 2009.

Everton are on pace to finish sixth, ahead of Merseyside rival Liverpool for the second straight season.

Moyes has also been linked in the past to other top jobs in England including both Tottenham and Chelsea.

It is expected that Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid and a widely held belief is that he would replace interim manager Rafa Benitez at Chelsea but if the United job is a possibility it would be impossible for him to turn down.

His pedigree of winning is sound, as he has won a domestic league title for every team he has managed including FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.  He has also captured Champions League titles for both Porto and Inter.

The problem for Mourinho is that he has never spent more than three years with any single club, finding success early before leaving to take charge of another opportunity.  United could be looking for a more long-term stable option.

While those two men are considered the favourites, there are other off-the-board options for United to consider.

Bourussia Dortmund has been one of the world's most impressive clubs over the past few seasons and head coach Juergen Klopp deserves a lot of the credit for their success.  In the past few seasons they have captured two Bundesliga titles and are playing in this season's Champions League Final.

If Klopp is ready to make his move this could be the right time and the right fit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former United player that currently is in charge of Molde in the Norwegian league, will also receive consideration.

The managerial job at Manchester United is one of the most coveted in the sport and will be sought after by many man, the question is, who should be hired to replace Ferguson?

As always, It's Your! Call.

Alex Ferguson  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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