Why Sir Alex Ferguson should ignore Australia link

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked to the the Australian managers job according to reports today (Tuesday), but should he entertain the idea of international management?

Mark Bosnich, the Australian goalkeeper who had two spells under Sir Alex at Manchester United, has said his former boss would be the idea candidate to take over the Australian national team following the departure of German coach Holger Osiek.

The Socceroos have already qualified for next summer's World Cup but now need to act quick to appoint a manager to lead them into their third successive tournament. 

Despite being lauded as perhaps the greatest manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson would be wrong to take one last job down under, according to GMS Academy member, Thomas Hember.

Having retired from football after a trophy-laden 27 years at Manchester United, it's no surprise Ferguson has been linked with another job, whether or not he'll even entertain the idea remains to be seen, but I think he'd be wrong to take the job.

The Scot will be 72 by the time next summer's event takes place, and while Otto Reggagel lead Greece to South Africa in 2010 at the same age, the job would be much better suited to a younger candidate.

His time at Manchester United was hectic, with the club regularly travelling all over the world for matches and despite having had a rest of sorts over the summer, the legendary boss would be wrong to think he's ready to take a job that'd see him flying to the other side of the world.

By taking the job Ferguson would be at risk of ever so slightly tarnishing his formidable reputation should he fail to produce with the Socceroos.

Admittedly, it'd take more than one failure to destroy decades of hard work, but Ferguson would be a fool to run the risk, and would be much better served by watching Brazil 2014 from the comfort of his own home, not tossing shrimps on a barbie on the Copacabana beach with a new side.

Were he to take the job he'd be taking over a squad of players almost unknown to him, with Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer the only Austrians familiar to most football fans around the world. Even Sir Alex's unquestionable talents would be hard-pushed to mould a collection of players with little experience of Europe's big leagues into a team capable of having any kind of impact on the world stage.

The project wouldn't be Ferguson's first foray into international management, having taken his native Scotland to Mexico in 1986 following the sudden death of Jock Stein, but times have changed and the international game is different to the one Sir Alex experienced.

With just eight months to go until the showpiece event, the 13-time Premier League champion would have little time to prepare himself, as well as his squad, for the biggest tournament in world football.

The quality of the Australian squad means simply making the round of 16 would be considered an achievement, and with Ferguson more accustomed to winning at everything he does, why would he want to take over a second-rate nation with no hope of challenging for glory?

Having retired at the end of last season, Sir Alex must resist any temptation to pull out the chewing gum and get back in the managerial hot-seat and instead sit back and revel in his reputation as Britain's, if not the world's, greatest ever manager.

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