David Moyes's successor will have a tough task ahead of him, no matter who they select. Manchester United's stock has fallen (literally). Using the New York Stock Exchange as a representation of their success over the last year, on May 1st 2013, their stock was priced at 19.04. Now however it sits at 17.77, with a record low of 14.47 on the 19th February 2014. Last summer, the success and history of the club with a title winning squad could have tempted anyone.
Now though, the hot-seat may seem too hot to tempt the best of the best. With the sacking of Moyes, United have distinguished themselves apart from the clubs that can handle transition.
The former Everton boss' words that United are a 'long term club' and that as recent as Sunday that they are 'rebuilding' lie in tatters. If the manager cannot have the backing of the board with anything but success, why would you be tempted to try in the first place? Only managers with confidence and a certain ego would go near the job. That could be a good thing, or it could be very, very catastrophic.
The 'new brand' of managers as they're being labelled, don't seem to be the one's with an ego, but with confidence in their ability. Roberto Martinez isn't forward or as in your face as a Jose Mourinho, and neither is Brendan Rodgers.
If you asked either of them to take the Manchester United job last year, personally I don't think they'd have touched it. Certainly not now. What those managers replace with an ego, is a brilliant amount of self-confidence. They know what they are doing and aren't afraid to stick to it even at prestigious clubs.
Many of the Manchester United fans compared this season to Liverpool's last, but they are entirely different, aside from the fact that the team at United won the league in simple fashion last season.
Liverpool's last relatively successful stage was under Rafael Benitez. Since then, they have seen three managers in Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and now Brendan Rodgers. It took around five years, leaving the Champions League and finishing seventh and eighth to get back to where they are now. Granted the fall seems to be a lot harsher but Manchester United are seventh currently and have acted very hastily when thinking long-term.
This leaves the club in a very critical position.
How the new manager handles the situation is more important than who they are. It may sound obvious, but even if Pep Guardiola walked through the door and didn't speak to the board enough despite getting good results, he would be under pressure. The new manager must be a favourite in every department, because that is what they are used to, that is what they seek.
The new manager will be strong and have an ego as well as confidence. If they don't, they will need instant results. Whilst the structure and actions of Chelsea are a long way off, Manchester United need success during transition, something that is very difficult. If the new manager cannot provide it, how long will they get? There is a squad of players there capable of it, but no one there to guide them.
The successor will have a tough job, no matter who they select. Manchester United's long term future is at risk.
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