Alex Ferguson: Mourinho could replace me
Ferguson has been in charge of the Old Trafford club for 26 years and there is a great deal of speculation over who will follow him when he eventually retires from football management.
Talk among the fans is that they want the club to go all out to sign the out of work Pep Guardiola, former manager of one of the greatest Barcelona teams of all time. Reports from Spain suggest that Guardiola is interested considering the current structure of the club.
However, Ferguson has openly praised Mourinho and although he doesn’t predict the future for United, he has openly admitted that Mourinho is capable of coaching anywhere in the world including United.
Mourinho has the personality and the experience of success when it comes to coaching but Guardiola has the benefit of a complete football philosophy from the very bottom to the very top.
The realistic situation is that United will be forced to battle for the services of each coach. Chelsea need to appoint a long term manager in the summer and Manchester City could replace Roberto Mancini after a second year of Champions League failure.
It’s much more likely that Mourinho will be given a stint at Manchester City before either of these great coaches takes over at Manchester United. Mourinho has the ability to get the very best from City and this could make them formidable in terms of Europe.
It can also be argued that Mourinho is more of a short term manager. His career to date shows that he will stay at one club for a short period of time, get some success and then move on; Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid (if he leaves the Spanish team in the summer).
Guardiola could be the choice for United because the club will be looking for someone to manage over a long period of time. He has also openly admitted his interest in Manchester United because of the way the club is run.
Guardiola could find United more appealing than City or Chelsea because the career record of Ferguson proves he’s much less likely to get the sack if the club go a year without winning anything.