If I was a betting man I would have thought Moyes will be their first choice.
The respect for what he has achieved so far at Everton seems to range right across the football world, and everyone rightly admires him even more for working under such a limited budget.
Typically his name is never the first to be included on the lists. The pundits talk about Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink first all the time.
I find it surprising that his name isn't in front of all of those men, but they have managed at the highest level which counts for something.
Moyes has strong links with Alex Ferguson which is something people underestimate. Ferguson will be allowed a say on who replaces him, such is the respect he is held in at Old Trafford.
The two have done a lot of business in the transfer market and this season Moyes showed he can get the better of him in the Premier League.
Moyes has won an awful lot of manager of the month awards and has carried off the league managers association manager of the season award more than once.
His peers in the top flight of English football know all about how tactically and managerially strong he is.
He can nurture young gifted players and he can find diamonds in the rough, just like he did with Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta. His record with taking risks on unknown players is great.
The way Ferguson is going, it doesn't seem like retiring is on his mind, but when he does bite the bullet expect to see Moyes get an interview straight away.