Fergie backs Queiroz credentials

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson advises that his successor does not necessarily have to come from the Old Trafford alumni currently learning their trade in the Barclays Premier League.

Mark Hughes - in talks with Manchester City about taking over at Eastlands - and Roy Keane, who both won league titles as players under Ferguson, have made impressive starts to their managerial careers and are understandably mentioned whenever talk turns to the 66-year-old´s replacement. The Scot believes his assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is equally well placed to step into his shoes, despite an unhappy season in charge of Real Madrid in 2003/04.

"You can´t discount them, obviously, but it´s not a prerequisite for the job," he said.

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