Sir Alex Ferguson. A name synonymous to Manchester United. It is undeniable that he has been the greatest manager ever in the history of the game. Twenty-six years running; he still is a force to reckon with in the business. From his policy to invest in and develop young players, his trademark ‘hair dryer’ treatment during halftime, right down to his six pack of gum that he buys before every match from the same store, he has been a figure in the game that many look upto, for a quarter of a century now!! It truly would be the end of an era when he decides to step down as the manager of Manchester United.
His retirement plans have been a hot topic of gossip for a few years now. Questions like ‘when is he gonna hang up his boots’ and ‘who will be his successor’ are doing the rounds ever so frequently. Here are a few names who seem to be the front runners of the race.
1. Pep Guardiola. Ex manager of Barcelona FC who is on a one-year sabbatical to ‘regain his strength and love for the game’ (winning all the trophies you possibly can with a club can certainly exhaust you of both, RIGHT! 😀 ).
2. Jose Mourinho. Manager of Real Madrid FC. ‘The special one’ or ‘The ONLY one’ (as he prefers it).
3. Jürgen Klopp. Manager of Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea seemed to be interested in roping in Pep Guardiola when they fired Roberto di Matteo a few days ago. But Guardiola could not be lured out of his hibernation. Some might say he refused Chelsea because he is waiting for Ferguson to retire at the end of the season so he can take up the job at Manchester United, that Ferguson and Guardiola have a secret mutual understanding. Ferguson has been known to play his cards pretty close to his chest. But then again, it all might just turn out to be a piece of gossip conjured up by the rumour mills. Who knows? 🙂
Jose Mourinho– the special one. He prefers calling himself the only one. And rightly so. He is the only manager to have won the top three football leagues of the world (English, Spanish, Italian). His laurels speak for his greatness. He currently is seeking to win the Champions League with Real Madrid. Judging by what has been so far in the knockout stages of the competition, he might have to wait another season to win the coveted cup. Which rules him out of the race for the mangerial position at Manchester United (provided Ferguson DOES retire at the end of this season). But then again, there have been rumours in the past that his contract at Real Madrid contains a clause which allows him to leave the club when Sir Alex Ferguson decides to retire from Manchester United. Who knows what the truth is, but Mourinho, right? 🙂
Jürgen Klopp– the underdog of the race. His work at Borussia Dortmund clearly hasnt gone unnoticed. The Bundesliga Champions for two years, he certainly has come up with a team that can give the biggest clubs in Europe a run for their money. His fluent style of football, his policy of investing in and developing youth players into star footballers will surely make him an instant hit at Manchester United. 🙂
Being the man that he is, Sir Alex Ferguson will want to end his extraordinary career on a high note. Which means he will look to win the Champions League and the Barclays Premier League atleast once before he retires. Lets see if Machester United are able to do it this season. Will Sir Alex Ferguson really retire at the end of this season? If he does, who will step up to fill in the huge hole he leaves behind? Lets wait and watch! 🙂