Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Van Gaal Is Top of Red Devils' List, but Not the Only Name

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Van Gaal Is Top of Red Devils' List, but Not the Only Name

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Byline: Martyn Ziegler

MANCHESTER United have begun their hunt for a successor for David Moyes in earnest, drawing up a shortlist and sending out feelers to potential candidates.

United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is leading the search, but is drawing on the experience of Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill, who are both board members.

Holland coach Louis van Gaal is the front-runner, but sources close to United say he is only one on a list of candidates that has been drawn up.

The club are looking for a coach with a significant level of experience, which means temporary manager Ryan Giggs will not be among those considered.

Van Gaal is currently on holiday in Portugal, according to reports in Holland, and the 62-year-old will be a free agent after the World Cup.

The Dutchman is one of those on the shortlist, along with Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.

However, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is confident Ancelotti will stay in Spain.

He told talk-SPORT: "I believe Carlo Ancelotti will be with Real Madrid next season.

He's got a contract. We don't know what's happening with Manchester United.

"It's always a pity when you have to sack a coach. I had that problem with Fabio Capello. Sometimes you have to take those decisions, though. Manchester United's results have not been normal so it's a decision they had to take."

As well as a significant level of experience, the criteria for the new manager is also thought to include having a good grasp of English, which would count against Atletico Madrid's much-admired coach Diego Simeone.

United are trying to move on from the controversy that surrounded the sacking of Moyes on Tuesday, and Giggs will hold his first news conference as player-manager this morning.

The 'Chosen One' banner that has been displayed on the Stretford End since Moyes took over has been taken down, it has been con-firmed.

It is also understood that club chiefs will continue to work hard to line up transfer targets so that the deals can be done as soon as the transfer window opens on June 1. …

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