Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson: I have No Idea Who Will Replace Me At Manchester United..

Sir Alex Ferguson has already seen off a few pretenders to his Manchester United throne, and he intends to repel a few more even though he will celebrate his 70th birthday later this year.

On November 6, it will be 25 years since Ferguson was appointed United manager. It is also nearly a decade since he performed a U-turn on his retirement plans.

What has followed, in addition to five more Premier League titles and another Champions League triumph, has been a guessing game about when Ferguson will eventually call it a day and who will be his successor.

Current favourite is Jose Mourinho, although a mounting disciplinary sheet at Real Madrid is not helping his cause.

Yet, speaking to the Italian media in Rome, Ferguson confirmed he was going nowhere.

‘Over the years I’ve had the question who do I think could replace me? Now in those years, some of the coaches they were talking about don’t have jobs any more,’ he said.

‘So it becomes very difficult because someone who I think has potential may be sacked by his club and disappear.

‘I think you would need someone very experienced in the long term. But I have absolutely no idea. First of all, I’m not retiring.’

Ferguson also revealed his failure to sign Wesley Sneijder this summer was because the Dutchman could not fill Paul Scholes’ old role. ‘He’s a fantastic player but he was not who we were looking for to replace Scholes,’ he added.

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