Docherty: Moyes should succeed Ferguson

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Fomer Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty believes Sir Alex Ferguson will be able to choose his successor - and he is likely to pick David Moyes.

According to BBC Sport, Docherty predicts Ferguson will have licence to select his eventual replacement, with the Everton manager a possible candidate to be chosen.

Docherty occupied the United hot seat in the 1970s, winning the second division in 1975 and the FA Cup in 1977. The former-Arsenal and Chelsea player briefly managed the Scotland national side and, like Ferguson, hails from Glasgow.

Speaking to the BBC, Docherty said: "Fergie will make the appointment of whoever takes his place, not the directors. I think it will be David Moyes because they are good friends."

Docherty anticipates 'an impossible task' for whoever replaces Ferguson at Old Trafford but Moyes' ability to operate on a shoestring budget has impressed the former-United manager.

"He [Moyes] is an ex-player, but not a great player, just as Sir Alex wasn't a great player, but their records as managers are fantastic," added Docherty. "Alec will probably move upstairs, but he will want a new manager who knows how the game is played, how the club should be run and keep in contact with him about what's going on."

Since taking over at Goodison Park in 2001, Moyes has guided to Toffees to four top-six finishes in 10 seasons and he has been linked in the past with the Old Trafford post. A lack of Champions League experience may count against Moyes once Ferguson does decide to step down though, and there are sure to be a whole host of top managers from across the continent keen on stepping into the Old Trafford role.

However, Ferguson indicated in February that he plans to continue with the Red Devils for at least another two years and Docherty believes the United boss could even carry on past that.

"I think he will carry on managing Manchester Unied as long as he keeps his enthusiasm and his health," concluded Docherty.

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