Tonnes of managers have been linked with the Manchester United job long before it was announced today Moyes was sacked. High fliers Diego Simeone and Roberto Martinez are among the bookies favourites for the Man Utd job but there are only two managers who could take on the Man Utd job right now: Louis van Gaal & Jurgen Klopp. Why?
Man Utd are going to experience a massive turnover of players in the summer, the likes of which they have never seen before. They currently need in the following order: two full backs, a deep-lying playmaker, a central defender and possibly a midfield enforcer and winger.
Add into the balance the departure of captain Nemanja Vidic to Inter Milan on a bosman, as well as the possible bosmans of Patrice Evra (vice-captain), Rio Ferdinand (former captain) and Ryan Giggs (is part of the coaching staff), it is clear United will be losing a lot of leadership on the pitch and experience.
However, the trickiest issue to manage will be the offensive line-up. Robin van Persie has made no qualms about revealing his displeasure at the direction Man Utd have taken this season; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried Zaha have made it known they will consider leaving if they do not get more playing time; Juan Mata and particularly Fellaini have looked lost and positionless this season; what do you do about the forgotten men of Nani, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher? Are they good enough? Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers.
Finally, what about the backroom staff? They have been sacked alongside David Moyes. How does a manager replace them? A good backroom staff is central to a club succeeding and with the massive reshuffle needed, this might be the one area neglected. The Glazers certainly have history when it comes to cutting corners.
Indeed, a lot will need to be done and whilst the likes of Diego Simeone and Roberto Martinez are extremely talented at what they do, at the ages of 43 (Simeone) and 40 (Martinez) they will have never have had the pressure of overseeing such turbulent issue over a small period of time. Andre Villas-Boas' time at Chelsea should serve as a warning to those who rush into a job they are under-qualified for.
Louis van Gaal however, has a lorry-load of experience. He managed an Ajax squad with little cash to a UEFA Cup in 1992, Champions League in 1995, UEFA Super Cup in 1995, Intercontinental Cup in 1995 and a hat-trick of Eredivisie league titles between 94-96. He managed this via coaching a young squad containing the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars and Nwankwo Kanu. In doing this he showed he does not need infinite amounts of cash to get the most out of his players, he has the ability to work with youngsters, improve them and install confidence into them. The Glazers will be looking at this quality to most as like any businessman or woman, they would like to spend as little as possible for as much gain. He also repeated this trick again at AZ Alkmaar where the much unfancied club had won the Eredivisie for only the second time in their history in 2009 (the other time was in the 80s).
At Barcelona Louis van Gaal showed another side to his managerial skills, the ability to withstand pressure at what is probably the 3rd hardest job in football (after Brazil and Real Madrid). Barcelona had not won La Liga in four years, were mainly a specialist cup team and to further compound his work, as he took over he had just lost the world's best player at the time, Ronaldo.
Furthermore, it was van Gaal who took Bayern Munich back to the summit of European football in 2010 as they lost in the Champions League Final to Mourino's Inter Milan. He is also responsible for the backbone of the current Bayern squad that is steamrolling past everyone in their wake. Alaba was promoted on his watch and Arjen Robben was brought under his tenure too.
He is also not afraid of confronting big players, something Moyes has failed to do with van Persie, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and especially Wayne Rooney, where he was bullied into giving him a 300k weekly wage - a wage he scarcely deserves.
van Gaal had numerous altercations with Rivaldo, eventually being the cause of his early departure in 2002 when he came back for a second time in charge. He was also responsible for Lucio leaving to Inter Milan, Hummels leaving to Dortmund and Podolski leaving to Koln. Although Lucio and Hummels leaving serious backfired, it is evidence of a manager that has serious balls (pun unintended).
Given Klopp knows how to get the best out of Kagawa and has a style that is not too dissimilar to Sir Alex Ferguson's style of playing, Klopp should be high up on the managerial wanted list.
What might pose problematic is that van Gaal is the current manager of the Netherlands side and will only be available during mid-July, time United can ill-afford to lose out on. Furthermore, Klopp has today distanced himself from the United job.
Nonetheless, give the situation at United, van Gaal and Klopp are the best placed to restore United back to where they belong, at the top.