Who should replace Ferguson at Manchester United?
David Moyes poised to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.
The Everton boss is viewed by directors at Old Trafford as the right man to replace the legendary boss after he announced he will retire at the end of the season.
Moyes’s Everton contract runs out in the summer and no agreement has been reached over a new deal at Goodison Park for the Scot.
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Jose Mourinho is also in the running to succeed Ferguson, who has been at United for 27 years, winning 13 Premier League titles and two European Cups, among other honours.
Moyes, 50, has previously said that he wanted to wait until the end of this campaign before deciding whether to extend his time at Goodison Park into a 12th year.
Moyes will be happy to work with Ferguson, who has taken a position on the board of directors.
The Scot will also be an attractive proposition to the club because of his consistency, and loyalty to Everton during the last decade.
His focus on bringing through youth talent is also a huge selling point for the side which has selected a player who has come through the academy system for more than 1000 consecutive games.
David Gill told MUTV: ‘We knew this day would come and we have been preparing for that.
‘The board will take council from Sir Alex and Sir Bobby (Charlton) on the new appointment.’
Charlton spoke about the former Chelsea manager previously, expressing discomfort about the idea of him replacing Ferguson.
He said: ‘Mourinho is a really good coach but that’s as far as I would go really.’
Charlton added: ‘He pontificates too much for my liking. He’s a good manager, though.’
However Gill did say that the next man would need to possess ‘requisite football experience in terms of domestic & European experience’, which could count against Moyes.
He has limited experience in Europe, mostly coming in the Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup).
Mourinho, who is likely to leave Real Madrid this summer, has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea.
His Chelsea return has hit a snag with owner Roman Abramovich refusing to pay the buyout clause in the Real Madrid manager’s contract, as well as compensation for Mourinho’s backroom staff.
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Abramovich paid Mourinho and the backroom team £18million when he sacked them in 2006, and the buyout cluase in his Madrid contract is believed to be £20million in the season, with a fee open to negotiation in the summer.
Mourinho is still the favoured candidate to succeed Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea want more control over the recruitment of the team surrounding the manager than they had when he arrived from Porto in 2004.
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Ferguson’s compatriot has been at Everton for over a decade and is the third longest serving manager in the Premier League.
At a club which values stability, the consistency and loyalty of Moyes is of clear value.
However there are doubts about his ability to manage at the highest level – astonishingly his Everton side has never been able to beat Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool away in 44 attempts.
But with a bigger budget and better players at his disposal, Moyes certainly has the potential to achieve great things at Old Trafford.
He would be willing to work with Ferguson watching over him from his new position on the board of directors. Moyes is also good at developing youth players; something United believe in firmly.
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