Early Doors

Australian newspaper names Harold Bishop as next Manchester United manager

Early Doors

Harold Bishop (Picture: Grundy Television)

There's only one possible reaction to that headline: WTF?!

As the rest of the world speculates on whether Louis van Gaal, Ryan Giggs or Carlo Ancelotti will be the next permanent boss at  Old Trafford, Sydney-based commuter paper Mx has decided that Neighbours stalwart Harold Bishop is actually the man to take over the Red Devils.

Well, not quite. The paper didn't actually claim that incident-prone Harold - played by actor Ian Smith for nearly 25 years - will be the new boss. But they did use Harold's likeness on an article about how Van Gaal is set for the hot seat:

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There is as yet no word on whether this was a hilarious joke pulled by one of the paper's staff, or a simple cock-up - but either way, it made us laugh out loud, giving a rare chuckle in what is becoming a strangely-protracted process which will still almost certainly see the Dutchman confirmed in the job.

The latest reports claim that Van Gaal will be named as United's new manager next week, following their final home match of the season on Tuesday night.

The only wrinkle being ironed out, according to a Daily Mail report on Friday, is what happens to the current crop of "class of '92" stars who are running the club right now. Van Gaal has his own team of men, meaning that Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville are expected to face either major demotions, or being shown the exit door.

Axing all four would be brutal and ruthless - but that is what United can expect from a martinet such as Van Gaal. And the fans won't like it one little bit.

Maybe they'd be better off with Harold Bishop after all.

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Easy mistake to make? Van Gaal (left) and Bishop (right). We think.

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