Sir Alex Ferguson Tips David Moyes As His Manchester United Successor
16 December 2012
SIR ALEX FERGUSON is backing David Moyes as the preferred choice for his successor at Old Trafford – even though Pep Guardiola wants the job.
Sir Alex feels Everton manager Moyes is better suited at guiding Manchester United in the long term. And the Scot feels current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho should be considered ahead of Guardiola.
Former Barcelona coach Guardiola is eyeing up the Reds as his next job once Fergie retires. The pair are even understood to be meeting this weekend in New York.
Fergie, who turns 71 at the end of the month, has made it clear to both United chief executive David Gill and the Glazers – the club’s American owners – that he backs Moyes.
The Scot admires the former Barca man but feels his close friend Moyes, 49, offers a better understanding of English football’s demands.
A source close to one of the United senior players revealed: “The talk about Manchester United appointing Guardiola is a little premature.
“He actually has two preferred choices – David Moyes and Jose Mourinho.
“Moyes and Fergie are close and Fergie begrudgingly admires how Moyes has ‘outfoxed’ him and many other teams over the years.
“Fergie admires Jose greatly but there are concerns that Jose’s manner and media links could make him become bigger than the club.”
David Moyes, a Scottish like Sir Alex Ferguson thus made them had mutual respect for each other. Moyes became manager of Everton in March 2002. Rumoured as a possible assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United before the appointment of Steve McClaren in 2002. So now he is already reached his tenth anniversary at the club. And he is the third-longest serving manager in the Premier League and the English football league system as a whole, behind Ferguson and Wenger.
However what made his is so popular were his achievements at Everton, despite operating with a limited budget. When he came in 2002 Everton was battling against the relegation. The season ended with Everton successfully stayed at The Premier League.
Under him also saw the emerged of England sensational, Wayne Rooney, who was still a teenager under his guidance. Rooney who famous to score a goal that defeat the invincible Arsenal in October 2002. His goal ended Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run. The goal came five days short of his 17th birthday, made him the youngest Premier League scorer at the time.
Rooney was not the only one. Under Moyes Everton kept producing very talented young player. Included in the list were Gary Naysmith, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert, Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell (just to mention a fews). He also have the niche to turn unknowns becoming big names. He signed Tim Cahill in 2004, Thomas Gravesen, Mikel Arteta, Stephen Pieenar, Leighton Baines and now the most sought after Marouane Fellaini.
Well if he was given a club like Man United, I believed he will be successful by far. He is tough but his man management might equal Sir Alex. He could bring more success to Man United.