Moyes, Mourinho early favourites to replace Ferguson
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 8, 2013) (REUTERS) - Bookmakers were quick to install Everton manager David Moyes as the favourite to replace Alex Ferguson, who announced he was stepping down as boss of Manchester United on Wednesday (May 8) after more than 26 trophy-laden years in charge.
Moyes was made odds-on favourite with a host of British bookmakers shortly after Ferguson's announcement, made via a statement on the club's website, with those odds continuing to drop.
Fellow Scot Moyes has built a steady career in over a decade at the Merseyside club, continually overachieving on a much smaller budget than their rivals.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was also heavily backed for the role.
Both Moyes and Mourinho are known for having strong relationships with Ferguson, who will become a club director and ambassador after his last match in charge against West Bromwich Albion on May 19.
A number of Ferguson's former Manchester United players also made the bookmakers lists.
Gary Neville (40/1), Eric Cantona (66/1), Laurent Blanc (50/1), Roy Keane (100/1) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (25/1) were among them, while current midfield duoRyan Giggs (25/1) and Paul Scholes (50/1) were also listed.
Ferguson's son Darren, who presided over Peterborough United's relegation from the English Championship (second division) to League One on Saturday, was considered a big outsider at 250/1.
Paddy Power odds
Evens David Moyes
7/4 Jose Mourinho
10/1 Juergen Klopp
25/1 Ryan Giggs
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
33/1 Pep Guardiola
40/1 Martin O'Neil