After a career extending 26 years at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson, who recently celebrated his 71st birthday, has made it clear that he is not thinking about retiring anytime soon so there is unlikely to be an an imminent managerial vacancy at Manchester United.
However he can’t last forever and he already has intimated that he will step down if his health deteriorates in the future. That will leave a gaping vacancy at Old Trafford and the search for Ferguson’s successor has already began as the club realise how significant finding the right replacement for the Scot will be.
Building on Ferguson’s legacy could maintain the club at the top of the English and European game for years to come but choosing the wrong man may spell disaster.
Ferguson was appointed as United manager in November 1986 and has since become the most decorated coach in British football. He has picked up the Premier League title 12 times, the FA Cup on five separate occasions, four League Cup finals, two Champions Leagues and also the defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup. Quite a difficult job for whoever follows Ferguson then.
He may be sticking around for a few more seasons yet but for when he does finally hang up his famous watch and chewing gum here’s a look at the main contenders to take the main job at Old Trafford when it finally happens.