There will shortly come a day that all Manchester United fans are fearing, the day Sir Alex Ferguson retires. The club’s most successful manager ever has built a legacy at the club, and any man lucky enough to take over the reins when he’s done will have one hell of a job on his hands. So I ask United fans, who do you want when Fergie finishes?
Jose Mourinho – A lot has been speculated about the ‘special one’ being United’s next manager. He’s got experience in England with Chelsea, being one of very few managers’ to break United’s dominance under Fergie. He’s made it crystal clear he wants to return to England one day. He’s also been said to have the personality to take on such a big job, whatever that means?!
Laurent Blanc – A great defender in his playing days and a World Cup winner will gain instant respect from players. He has some knowledge of the club already having had a two year spell at the club between 2001 and 2003. He did an excellent job at Bordeaux, winning the league and league cup double in his second year in charge and is now manager of the French national team. Depending on how France does at Euro 2012 (should they get there) the timing could be perfect for Larry White.
Carlos Queiroz – As an assistant I rate him pretty highly, as a manager you only need to look at his record to see he isn’t very good. A one year spell at Real Madrid that produced just a Spanish Super Cup (the community shield basically) and a rather uninspiring two year stint as Portugal boss. It’s no secret Ferguson is a fan of his work and has, allegedly, made it clear he wants Queiroz to replace him.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – A legend to the fans and now the current reserve team manager. He would certainly be a fan favourite, having scored consistently since joining the club and getting the winner in the Champions League final of 1999. Solskjaer was always a true gent to the fans and was your anti modern-tosspot-footballer. A lack of experience could be his downfall, but Barcelona employed Pep Guardiola when he’d only ever been their reserve boss and he’s doing pretty well.
Roy Keane – A lot was made about Keane taking over from Ferguson when he started his managerial career at Sunderland. He took them from the bottom of the Championship into the Premier League in the same season. Albeit he had plenty of money to spend. He struggled in the Prem and was sacked. In his first season with Ipswich they narrowly avoided relegation but this season they’ve started well and are in the play-offs. If Keane gets Ipswich promoted I’m sure there’ll be plenty of talk for him to be United manager again. The fans would love it I’m sure.
So cast your vote United fans and let’s see who comes out the big winner.
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