Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, but may soon call time on his illustrious career.
Despite being 71-years-old his enthusiasm for the game is still there for all to see, however his age is bound to catch up with him eventually and he will have the final say on both when he calls time on his career and quite possibly on whom his successor will be.
Many believe that successor could be Jose Mourinho, currently in charge of Real Madrid, as reports suggest that he may leave Madrid at the end of the current season due to a disappointing league campaign and continued problems in the dressing room. If he can win the Champions League this season, it could well be the perfect send off to his time in the Spanish capital.
Sir Alex has built an empire at Manchester United that has spanned four decades. In his time managing the Red Devils he has built at least four successful teams in which he has supplemented a strong home-grown core of academy players with a few marquee signings, such as that of Robin van Persie this season.
Mourinho on the other hand, despite a hugely successful career in management, has never spent more than three years in charge of a club, so would not provide United with the long term stability they seek. This search for new challenges in other leagues often ends up damaging the club he leaves behind, like with Inter Milan who are now struggling in the Europa League.
In addition Mourinho also tends to ignore academy players, which is again at odds with how Sir Alex does things. In recent seasons, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley have been brought through the youth system into the first team setup. This as a result means that Mourinho tends to require sizeable transfer funds to strengthen his squad, something that with the current financial situation at United could be difficult to provide.
So in conclusion, although he is a fantastic manager, capable of replacing Sir Alex both in terms of his presence in the dressing room and the ability to win trophies, he doesn’t quite fit what the club should be looking for. So thanks, but no thanks Jose.
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