Succession plans at Old Trafford


It is something most United fans would rather not discuss or ignore when asked.  Since November 1986, there have been few occasions that anyone would ever have to consider a need to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.  His run at United has made him the UK’s most successful manager and amongst the best in world and after their Treble season in 1999, secured him a Knighthood.  However, with Sir Alex turning 71 in December it would be prudent for United and Sir Alex to look at plans to find and secure an appropriate successor for the club.

” Intriguingly, the key to the Old Trafford legend’s succession plan and the timing of his retirement date is likely to hinge on the availability of the two men he believes are not only best equipped to take on his managerial baton but who he regards as the only serious candidates to succeed him, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

He is among the many admirers of David Moyes, who has worked wonders on a shoestring budget during the last decade at Everton, but the lack of European success of his fellow Scot rules him and those possessing similar credentials out of the equation.

In Ferguson’s mind, the only coaches who he deems worth of consideration are Mourinho and Guardiola, whose battle for supremacy in the Iberian peninsula proved so captivating in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Spanish seasons.”’s Wayne Veysey discusses this in detail and more in his article Sir Alex Ferguson draws up Manchester United succession plan headed by Guardiola and Mourinho.

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