Fergie's departure could rule out Ronaldo return
William Hill have reacted to the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's departure from Manchester United by easing the price of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford in the summer from 5/2 to 3/1.
"Ronaldo sees Fergie as a father figure and him leaving could impact on whether Ronaldo returns," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "Having said that, however, should Jose Mourinho replace Sir Alex, then the deal looks a goer again."
Cristiano Ronaldo to move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window: 3/1 yes; 2/9 no
Next premanent Manchester United manager: 1/1 David Moyes; 6/4 Jose Mourinho; 5/1 Jurgen Klopp; 20/1 Ole Gunnar Solksjaer; 25/1 Gary Neville; 25/1 Carlos Quieroz; 25/1 Michael Laudrup; 33/1 Ryan Giggs; 33/1 Mike Phelan; 33/1 Eric Cantona; 33/1 Pep Guardiola; 33/1 Guus Hiddink; 40/1 Laurent Blanc; 40/1 Otmar Hitzfeld; 50/1 BAR
William Hill have eased the price of Manchester United winning the Premier League after announcing that Sir Alex is to step down at the end of the season.
Having been 6/4 joint favourites with Manchester City, they are now 7/4 with City 11/8 favourites. Chelsea are 11/4.
Sir Alex has also been slashed from 33/1 to 6/1 second favourite to win this year's Sports Personality.
Jose Mourinho has been cut already from 6/4 second favourite to 8/11 favourite to take over from Fergie. David Moyes, who opened at Evens this morning has already drifted to 6/4.
"Sir Alex has been the bane of bookmakers for 27 years but his leagcy is such that whether Mourinho or Moyes, or anyone else for that matter, takes the job, they will still be considered very realistic Premier League challengers," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
"Having said that, no one knows how to build a title winning side like Sir Alex and for that reason we have had no option but to ease the price of the Reds winning the League next season."
Next permanent Manchester United manager: 8/11 Jose Mourinho; 6/4 David Moyes; 10/1 Jurgen Klopp; 16/1 Mike Phelan; 20/1 Ole Solksjaer; 25/1 BAR
Sports Personality of the Year: 7/4 Andy Murray; 6/1 Sir Alex Ferguson; 7/1 Chris Froome; 8/1 Alastair Cook; 12/1 BAR
Premier League 2013/14 winner: 11/8 Manchester City; 7/4 Manchester United; 11/4 Chelsea