Fergie tips Mourinho to lead the way in the rush for the United hotseat
10 April 2009 10:38
Sir Alex Ferguson says Jose Mourinho is one of the leading candidates to become his successor at Manchester United.
Health permitting the United boss does not expect there to be a vacancy at Old Trafford for another two or three years, but he does feel his replacement will need to be vastly experienced.
And he believes Inter Milan boss Mourinho, who had a three-year spell with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League, will be a contender for the United hotseat.
'I am glad it is not my decision," he told CNN. 'But whoever it is, it needs to be someone with experience. Manchester United is a massive club. The club I joined in 1986 is nothing like the one it is today.
'I like Jose Mourinho. He is a good guy and someone I get on very well with. But people forget how quickly the game changes. The job of a football manager is a pretty fragile one.
'You can be on the very top of the world and then after two defeats you are the worst team ever.
'Hopefully I will be here for another two or three years. Who knows what will have happened in that time. Thinking about Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger or whoever is going to be impossible.'
What Ferguson is adamant about is that his health will dictate how long he carries on, not the chase to equal Liverpool's trophy haul.
'I am 67 now,' he said. 'At the moment I am still healthy and enjoying my job. If that was different I would quit immediately.
'But winning a specific trophy does not come into it. I would love this club to win more European trophies. We definitely should have at least a couple more.
'But just by being in so many semi-finals and quarter-finals, it shows you how hard it is to win.'