Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, along with David Moyes, are capable of taking over from him when he finally retires from football – although the Scot insists that won’t be for another “two or three years”.
Ferguson has established himself as the most successful manager in the English football history in terms of trophies won during his 26 year spell at the helm at Old Trafford, claiming 12 league titles and two Champions League crowns.
Despite celebrating his 71st birthday on New Year’s Eve, Ferguson shows no sign of slowing down, and says he has no intention of leaving the Red Devils any time soon.
"I'm hoping to stay for a bit of time. There is no one on the agenda, I can assure you," he told reporters.
When asked about potential replacements, Ferguson named former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Everton’s David Moyes as the men who could be up to the job of filling his shoes.
However, the Scot did warn that the nature of football means that the three might not be in contention for his job when he eventually decides to step down.
He said: "It's very difficult as names have been bandied about and football is precarious. You could be talking about one of the potentially exciting young managers - is he going to be here in two years?"
“I think top managers will always be in demand - Guardiola, Mourinho, David Moyes, there are a lot of successful managers out there and I don't know what their plans are.
"Who knows where they will be in two or three years."
Ferguson’s relentless pursuit of even more silverware showed no sign of abating as his Manchester United side maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table following a 4-0 win over Wigan on New Year’s Day.
"It was a perfect start to 2013. It has given us a seven-point lead with 17 games left," he said.