After 26 long and memorable years at the helm of one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United.
The Scot, who has enjoyed 13 Premier League titles, two European Cups, five FA Cups, four League Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup, will bow out at the end of the season, with names already in contention to replace him at Old Trafford.
David Moyes, who has been the bookies’ favourite for some time to succeed Ferguson remains in pole position for the vacancy, with the Everton boss yet to agree to sign a new contract at Goodison.
But would this be the right acquisition for United? Would Moyes be the right man to bring a 21st league title to the club after securing title number 20 just weeks ago?
First of all, Moyes has yet to boast silverware in Merseyside, after managing Everton for over a decade. Of course, the squad contributes a huge factor to winning a trophy but it’s not as if his side haven’t had their chances to do so – 2009 for example against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
He has done well to be fair with the signings he’s made during his tenure and his attitude to nurturing young talent is similar one to that of Ferguson’s, but with no honours to his name, it’s difficult to see how someone could step up to the plate and manage a side as ambitious as Manchester United.
Jose Mourhino is another name being mentioned after his time is seemingly up at Real Madrid and has expressed his interest to move back to England but honestly, there is only one club in England which will steal the Portuguese’s direction.
One last contender worth throwing in to the fray is the Borussia Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp. Unlike Moyes, the Dortmund boss has won silverware during his time at the German side, winning the Bundesliga last season, and guiding his side to a Champions League final.
With Robert Lewandowski looking to be on his way out of Dortmund, and Shinji Kagawa already at Old Trafford, Klopp has a number of factors which could sway him to depart Germany too and start fresh.
Unsurprisingly a handful of managers are in contention to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, interested to manage the likes of Robin Van Persie, perhaps next season we could be seeing an old number 20 in the hot seat at Old Trafford, I know one of them is managing in Norway at the moment, can’t quite remember his name…
One thing is certain though, whoever the board at Manchester United appoint, in their minds they know however many trophies the prospective successors have on their CVs or however much their club has developed, they know that nobody can replace the success Sir Alex Ferguson has achieved at Old Trafford.
Moreover, they know that nobody will ever have as much of an impact and be as monumental to world football as Sir Alex Ferguson.