A list of potential successors to Sir Alex Ferguson, have been drawn up and hidden away in a locker at Old Trafford. Vice-chairman of the club, Ed Woodward, says only a select few know the names on the list, even as no date has been set for the Scot to step down, after a long trophy-laden reign as the club’s manager.
“We have a view as to what that process [appointing a new manager] will look like in terms of finding a replacement and what type of manager we want and how and when we’ll go about it,” he said. “But it’s in the drawer and long may it stay in the drawer.”
In the recent past, coaches like Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and even David Moyes, have been linked with the post. But it is still not clear when Ferguson intends to step down.
“I don’t know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don’t think another two or three years would harm me any,” the 70-year-old said at his 25th anniversary as boss, earlier this year.
“I think you need stamina in my job. I am blessed with that. I’ll know when I’m not enjoying it and if I got to a point when I wasn’t enjoying it I would definitely do it (retire).
“But I think you always want to go out on a winning note. Hopefully we can do that.”
Ferguson had also insisted that there has no been discussions over who will take over from him.
“Never discussed it – it is a dangerous game,’ was his response. ‘At this moment in time there are about half-a-dozen managers doing very well in the Premier League, all the others are fighting for their lives.
“Is that going to be the same in two or three years’ time when I’m ready to quit? Some may have lost their job.”