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Video: Who will replace Sir Alex Ferguson?

Speculating over the new manager of a football club is hardly a new game, but with the shocking news that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is to step down at the end of this season, the game just got serious!

Fergie spent 26 years accumulating a staggering 38 trophies at Old Trafford, so the pressure is on whoever David Moyestakes over the reigns.

The bookies favourite is Everton manager David Moyes.

A fellow Scot, Moyes is out of contract at the end of the season after 11 years with the Merseyside club, transforming the Toffees into a side battling relegation, to a team fighting for Europe.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is also a main contender to succeed Fergie.

His time at the Bernabeau has been blighted by rumoured fall outs among the players and club, and Mourinho himself said he wants to be in a country that loves him, claiming the Spanish press are out to get him.

He’s recently been linked with a move back to former club Chelsea, but a chance to follow in the footsteps of the most successful manager in British history could pose too juicy of a challenge for the Portuguese to turn down.

Next up is Jurgen Klopp. The Borussia Dortmund boss is in the running with two Bundesliga crowns and a German cup, with a potential Champions League title to add to the trophy cabinet. Dortmund face Bayern Munich in a Wembley final later this month.

Swansea’s Michael Laudrup is also in with a shout having won the League Cup in his maiden season in the Premier League.

And don’t rule out some of Fergie’s surrogate sons. Although Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs is yet to hang up his boots, he’s been linked with the role, as has fan favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer hit the Champions League winner in Fergie’s greatest season, securing the historic treble in 1999. He is currently manager of the Norwegian club Molde.

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