Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson Backs David Moyes as His Successor
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Despite high-profile managers Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho being strongly linked with taking over the reins at Old Trafford (via The Sun and Daily Mail), Sir Alex feels fellow Scotsman Moyes is best suited to do the job.
Long-serving players Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are set to retire at the end of the season and speculation has been rife as to whether Ferguson will follow suit and withdraw to a role upstairs.
With Guardiola currently on hiatus and on the lookout for the right job and Mourinho reportedly falling out recently with his Real Madrid power mongers, the timing would seem right for either of them to take on the mammoth task of replacing Sir Alex.
However, Ferguson has made it clear to the Old Trafford hierarchy that Moyes has the necessary Premiership experience and is at the forefront of his mind to eventually succeed him.
Reported by express.co.uk, a source close to one of Manchester United’s senior players revealed,
He [Ferguson] actually has two preferred choices—David Moyes and Jose Mourinho.
Moyes and Fergie are close and Fergie begrudgingly admires how Moyes has ‘outfoxed’ him and many other teams over the years.
Many fans believed Sir Alex to be a big advocate of Jose Mourinho taking the helm at the Theatre of Dreams, but apparently, concerns exist over Mourinho’s perceived uncontrollable ego:
“Fergie admires Jose greatly, but there are concerns that Jose’s manner and media links could make him become bigger than the club.”
This would sit uncomfortably with a culture built up by Sir Alex over the past 26 years of his stewardship at Manchester United. Over those years, he has made it crystal clear that no one is bigger than the club.
So, despite the unwavering self-confidence of the Portuguese, question marks exist over his suitability for the role, particularly after Real Madrid’s former president, Ramon Calderon, recently stated the following:
The problem with Mourinho, and he is an amazing coach, is sometimes he has done things that aren't approbate with Real history—complaining many times about referees and Uefa, pushing the players against their rivals to give them enemies.
The same concerns over Mourinho’s behaviour would exist at Manchester United.
Much has been also reported on alleged secret meetings in New York between Sir Alex and Guardiola regarding the former Barcelona coach’s potential as the incoming manager at Old Trafford (via the Mirror).
It’s probable that the talk of the New York meeting is coincidental; Sir Alex has a property there and Guardiola decided to spend his hiatus there. Sir Alex holds much respect for the Spaniard, who led Barcelona to unprecedented success.
However, the unnamed source also added that “the talk about Manchester United appointing Guardiola is a little premature.”
Other managers that may be considered are Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund and even United legend (though relatively inexperienced) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently at Molde.
One thing is for sure: Whoever takes the job on needs to be very brave. To follow the success of Sir Alex is an almost impossible task.
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