Since 2002, very little has been spoken of who will fill the biggest shoes in club football. The occasional name has popped up, and the odd piece or two written about where the club will go. Until this month, when suddenly every media outlet in the world wanted to see if they could get Mystic Meg on board in order to predict the future. But the question is still there.


Just who will replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United?


Luckily, we have a few years to consider it. Fergie has said he reckons he has three or four more years left before hanging up his coat, and walking away from the Manger's Office at Old Trafford for the final time. And until that day, nothing will be known of who will become the first new manager of Manchester United in nearly 30 years.


Many have said that Jose Mourinho will be the preferred choice of the board and the fans to take over the tenure. He himself has said that he would like a return to England 'one day', and it is believed there may be some form of release clause in his contract at Real Madrid. His tactical awareness and continued success across Europe has led to him becoming the front-runner in order to fill Fergie's shoes, and Sir Alex's admiration for the 'Special One' alone makes him a worthy candidate. However, his tendencies to stay at a club for a relatively short period of time, and also his outspoken nature and criticism of how the game is run could be factors in a decision not to appoint him.


Another name constantly mentioned is that of David Moyes. Fergie is reportedly a big fan of the Scot, who has managed both Preston, and currently Everton. He is the third longest-serving manager in the Premier League, after Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. His success on a shoestring budget has led to him becoming a prominent candidate, and reports last year said that Fergie himself had endorsed Moyes as the future United boss. Again though, his lack of a big club on his CV could prove a problem, alongside the fact he has never had money at his disposal - which could lead to failed buys and adverse effects in the transfer market.


It looks to be a two-horse race for the manager's post, but until that fateful day we have no idea what is going on. Other names have been linked, such as Mark Hughes, Martin O'Neill, and most notably, Pep Guardiola, but the latter looks likely to stay at Barcelona for as long as they are successful. We could also consider ex-United players under Ferguson as candidates, such as the aforementioned Hughes, Roy Keane, and Steve Bruce, or even Laurent Blanc, manager of the French national team.


I really don't know who the United board, alongside Sir Alex, will choose, but I know who I want in my heart. And it would involve a dream team involving a certain Eric Cantona.....


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Comment by Cra19 - A true Red 'head' Devil on November 10, 2011 at 23:23
I would like Pep, I see him as a younger less annoying Wenger. I remember reading an interview with Pep 12-18 months ago where he said that although he doesn't see himself leaving soon, he could see him seeking a new challenge in the future. In about 3/4 years Pep ;)?.

We do, as fans, have to realise our managers post Fergie will not always be long serving. Mourinho's only cons really are slightly negative football and that he never sticks around for long enough and the longevity is the main reason most United fans have reservations about him taking over. It's funny, I could see Pep vs Mourinho in the Manchester derby in 4/5 years, who'll be managing who? you'll have to call Mystic Meg.

From the Guardian

Ferguson has talked in the past week of continuing for another "three or four years yet" and Gill is acutely aware that the task of finding the manager's replacement may represent the most difficult challenge of his time at Old Trafford.

"Certainly it'll be difficult to replace him," he said. "It's naive to say anything other than that, but we are a great club whose values go back in history to the 1950s and 1960s and the last 25 years with Alex. To continue with that, the new manager needs to understand those values and the vision for the club and must buy into that.

"The important point is the new manager, whenever that may be and whoever that may be, will be taking over a great club and Alex in particular will want to make sure he inherits a great squad. That's our goal – to make sure when the new manager comes in he has a great squad in terms of age and profile."

Full story here:

Great article btw, you write very well.


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