With Manchester United yet to confirm their next manager, is there any chance the club is waiting to see who else might be available?
Manchester United's next manager is very much looking like it will be Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal - but should the English giants wait to see if one of the continent's younger and equally as successful managers will be available? There are some genuine outstanding candidates that may become available just as the Reds and Van Gaal sign on the dotted line.
With many fans claiming this last Premier League season was up there with the very best in its 22 years as the country's top football division, a quick look down to Southern Europe's two major divisions shows it isn't just England that have enjoyed outstanding seasons.
La Liga has enjoyed a quite unbelievable final couple of weeks, where until the last few rounds of the competition, three teams could win the championship. Traditional powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid were pushed all the way by Diego Simeone's outstanding Atletico Madrid side, and as it turned out the Argentine managed to take his team to the Nou Camp and claim the point needed to ensure Madrid's 'other' club trumped their neighbours, and went home with their first title since 1996.
It capped a quite phenomenal couple of season's management from Simeone, who still has the Champions League final to look forward to against Real Madrid, the club's second ever final in that competition.
That game may be of interest to anyone looking to recruit a top class manager. If Real lose, Carlo Ancelotti, who has won titles in four different countries, may be forced out at the Bernabeu, having finished a disappointing third in the league title race.
If Atletico win, Simeone will surely be the most sought after coach in world football, having taken a decent team and turning them into the best side on the planet. Even if he loses he is likely to be on many ambitious club's radars. At just 44-years-old, Simeone, unbelievably, has as much as 30 years of management left in him, and has already proved that he is more than able to mould a club into a winning machine, capable of challenging the richest and most established teams around. He would be particularly attractive if Manchester United are seeking to create a new era.
Similarly in Serie A, Antonio Conte has been rumoured to be considering whether he will stay at Juventus after winning their third league title in a row in record breaking fashion. The Turin side registered more points than any other elite division side has managed in the history of European football, achieving a crazy 102 points from a 38 game season.
These three managers, all ex midfielders with successful playing careers in their own right, might be worth waiting for, rather than plumping for a manager in van Gaal who may be looking to retire by the end of the decade.