Fergie backs Moyes for top job

2010-04-21 13:19

Manchester - Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have annointed David Moyes as his chosen successor as manager of Manchester United in a snub to Jose Mourinho's aspirations of stepping into the Old Trafford hotseat.

A flurry of reports this week have claimed that Ferguson, who turns 69 on December 31, has told United's board that he will retire at the end of next season.

Mourinho, who is on the verge of taking Inter Milan to the Champions League final after Tuesday's 3-1 semi-final first leg win over Barcelona, is the bookmakers favourite to take over.

According to The Sun however, Ferguson believes that his fellow Scot Moyes, who is widely admired for his achievements at Everton on a tight budget, would be a better choice for United.

Ferguson has often said that he is fond of Mourinho and the Portuguese's phenomenal record in charge of FC Porto, Chelsea and now Inter undoubtedly makes him an extremely strong candidate for a job he may have been talking about when he spoke recently of his desire to return to England.

But United directors including Sir Bobby Charlton reportedly harbour reservations related to Mourinho's ability to generate controversy, which may bolster the chances of Moyes being asked to take over.

At 46, Moyes is a similar age to Ferguson when he took over at Old Trafford in 1986 and is cut from similar cloth. As a fellow Glaswegian, he also combines an apparently abrasive public persona with an ability to coax the best out of players drawn from a broad range of cultures and backgrounds.

Ferguson may be contemplating retirement, but he still has his eye on United's long-term future and the Scot believes he has a promising crop of young players in the club's title-winning reserve team.

Coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce, the United second string secured the trophy for the first time in four years after Liverpool lost to Everton on Tuesday evening.

Ferguson particularly highlighted the contribution of Northern Ireland Under-21 midfielders Oliver Norwood and Corry Evans.

"Some of the players have done very well," Ferguson said. "For example, in the 1-0 win against Liverpool, the back four were absolutely brilliant, they really did well.

"One or two younger players are developing quite well. Gabriel Obertan scored an unbelievable goal.

"Oliver Norwood and Corry Evans do really well and have a good attitude towards the game. That's an important thing and Ole and Warren have maintained that attitude right through the team."

Ferguson added: "I'd like to say congratulations to Ole and Warren. They've done a great job.

"Whenever we've appointed a new reserve team coach, I've always explained to them what a difficult job it is because it's subject to what I need.

"I may pull out three or four players from a training session or I might say, 'these players can't play for you on Thursday because they're on standby for me on Saturday'."


  • ToffeeZN - 2010-04-21 13:42

    I have been telling my fellow Toffees for ages that United will look at Moyes. He is a top manager who has the respect of all his players, chairman and all the other managers, he rarely says anything controversial and shies away from the lime light. It will be a sad day when Moyesie leaves us but for him (as much as I hate United) it will be a good carreer move and unless Everton find a big money buyer, Moyes will continue to be bound by financial contstraints and his tenure as coach will come to an end sooner rather than later. :(

  • Wes - 2010-04-21 13:42

    Bwwahahahahahaha If UTD want to become a midtable club then by all means. Isn't it a coincidence that both Fergie and Moyes are Scots?? Mourinho or Martin O Neill would be a better choice.

  • Harold - 2010-04-21 13:58

    Another crap story that only appears in The Sun and nowhere else. SAF will only retire in a few years time once he wins the CL once more.

  • JustinD - 2010-04-21 14:05

    @Kube..Why Becks? or Cantona even. Great players but have either of them no!!! Keane to assist and maybe take over one day, yes that may work. My choices would be Mourinho then O Neil then possibly Moyes.

  • whatever - 2010-04-21 14:08

    oh what bollocks, moyes hahahahah c'mon.... a big club needs a big manager, do you honestly think moyes will hold his own at man utd??? never.moyes is a mid team manager not a top 3 team manager...let moyes carry on doing a relatively good job at everton because he will just end up ruining his coaching career at man utd.anyway i hate man utd they can go suck moyes balls for all i care, perhaps moyes should go coah them hahahahahahahaha.....on second thought yes Moyes is perfect for the job, go moyes go man utd, hahahahaha

  • kube$ - 2010-04-21 14:17

    Wes, is Liverfool not a midtable club now? I Isn't it a coincidence that both Lucas and You are RETARDS?

  • Bullit - 2010-04-21 14:28

    Toffee as one of the registered few Toffee surporters in SA I agree it will be a sad day to lose Moyes. And especially to Man Utd. I just hope we get the buyer so we can keep Moyes at Goodison. As for Wes he is just ignorant. And what has Martin O Neil done the last five years? He always finished second to Moyes in the league. And as for Mourinho he cant do crap without a big cheque book.

  • Jay - 2010-04-21 14:33

    Those Moyes bashers among you clearly clearly haven't been watching football. On their day Everton can match any team in the PL, all thanks to Moyes. Before he took over Everton were relegation battlers. In the Premier League there is no-one else who'll succeed at Man U.

  • crabcreature - 2010-04-21 14:40

    Djemba djemba could do a good job at old trafford.

  • Paul - 2010-04-21 14:40

    Who ever it is, they will have some HUGE shoes to fill! Thanks Fergie for all of the amazing moments, I've never seen another Coach find and develop young talent like only u can! It's been a really good approach and a formula that continues to work for u.

  • slaps - 2010-04-21 14:42

    WTF?? they would be crazy to appoint someone that in 10-20 yrs will reach a level of Europe's elite! Mourinho, van Gaal, etc are proven winners on the highest stage..! Anyway...

  • AJ - 2010-04-21 14:54

    @Whatever: Why you don't suck all the Man Utd supporters b@lls? And when finished, then you can start with the retards that play for your stupid team you support,whoever that may be? Must be a SCOUSER!

  • RedFred - 2010-04-21 14:54

    Fergie came from Aberdeen - hardly a top 3 squad. Moyes is the perfect candidate for the job with a similar management style and a focus on the long term. Perfect candidate imho.

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-04-21 15:05

    What about RAFA ?

  • MUFC Forever - 2010-04-21 15:17

    As a long serving United fan, and yes I've been to Old Trafford and have had trials there, I've always believed that O'Neil or Moyes would be an ideal replacement for Fergie 'The Legend'!! - my preference being the latter as he's worked wonders with Everton under tight purse strings. He has a work ethic and a respect from his players that is rare in the Premiership. Yes, it won't be easy to fill Fergie's boots as he's achieved more than any manager in the English game, but he knows his football and is an amazing tactician...hence I have absolute faith in him ensuring United's future is in the best possible hands! Plus, look at the history - the best managers of all time have been mostly Scottish...Paisley, Fergie, Busby

  • y2k - 2010-04-21 15:18

    Mourinho has already been appointed as United coeac for 2011, this is a smokescreen , like Rooney definately wont play against bayern statement. the press and those who are following this issue are aware, This is too much of a coincidence.Mourinho contract ends 2011 at Inter and fergie resigns, please , Moyes no way

  • MUFC Forever - 2010-04-21 15:21

    As a long serving United fan, and yes I've been to Old Trafford and have had trials there, I've always believed that O'Neil or Moyes would be an ideal replacement for Fergie 'The Legend'!! - my preference being the latter as he's worked wonders with Everton under tight purse strings. He has a work ethic and a respect from his players that is rare in the Premiership. Yes, it won't be easy to fill Fergie's boots as he's achieved more than any manager in the English game, but he knows his football and is an amazing tactician...hence I have absolute faith in him ensuring United's future is in the best possible hands! Plus, look at the history - the best managers of all time have been mostly Scottish...Paisley, Fergie, Busby

  • Greg - 2010-04-21 15:34

    As a fellow Toffee (yeas there are a few of us in SA!!)- it will be a sad day for Evertonians if we had to lose Moyes- but just check who has been the Premier League Managers' "Manager of the Year" for a few years running!! MR. MOYES!!! Man U supporters would want instant success from anyone who replaces SAF and this might not happen overnight . So sadly it may be the wrong decision to replace him with as nice a gentleman as Moyes. But if Mau U don't want him then he should stay where he is and continue with the outstanding work he has been doing. - just my 5 cents worth.

  • SHANE - 2010-04-21 15:36

    Fergie knows Mourinho will do better his record from 1986.He wants to hold the title as the best coach in history at Man Utd,What a selfish self centred person who thinks no coach is better that him..LOOOOOOOOOOOOOser

  • Greg - 2010-04-21 15:41

    As a fellow Toffee (yes there are a few of us in SA!!) It will be a sad day for Evertonians if Moyes had to leave. Just check who has been voted by the fellow Premier League Managers as their Manager of the year - MR MOYES!!!. Man U supporters would expect instant success from any successor to SAF - and this may not happen overnight with Moyes or even Mourinho for that matter. If Man U don't want Moyes - all the better for Everton. He should stay and continue doing the excellent job he has done so far - on a limited budget!

  • Bobby Loco - 2010-04-21 15:44

    Are you guys talking about same Fergie from the Black Eye P' she hot,she can coach me anytime!! Mourinho should take over,no doubt about it..

  • thank God its not Rafa - 2010-04-21 15:51

    nuff said !!! even chimp knows more than rafa benitez

  • @Justin D - 2010-04-21 15:54

    Dont understand what you saying, Pep Guardiola was a great player and never coached and what did he achieve ..... ER!!!! Retard Gordon Strachan would also suite UTD, what about Gigsy?

  • Apache - 2010-04-21 16:16

    @ SHANE 4/21/2010 3:36 PM On what grounds do you make your ridiculous statements? And calling Fergie a loser...with his achievements? What a dumbass you are...didn't your mother teach you to keep quiet when you don't have anything sensible to contribute?

  • Up The Liverpool - 2010-04-21 16:20

    I am a Liverpool supporter and I also agree with Kube$ @wes LOL

  • Richard - 2010-04-21 17:00

    Is this not a subtle hint that the cupboard is bare and that Moyes has been able to perform with a tight budget,and maybe it also explains why Giggs Scholes and Neville have been signed for the upcoming season as ``loyal players`` maybe Manu finances dont allow them to sign any up and coming players as they wont have a Renoldo to sell this year to balance the books but maybe they sell Rooney

  • JustinD - 2010-04-21 17:01

    To the idiot that replied to me. "You dont understand what im saying" then go back to school and pay attention this time. Pep coached Barca's reserves or under 21 (i forget) for some time and knows the Bara structures etc etc etc etc etc. No club with any meaning would appoint a great player with no coaching skills....are you stupid!!!!

  • Another Toffee - 2010-04-21 17:03

    Leave our coach alone. The Money men at MU can buy someone else. As to those who think Moyes is no good his record speaks for itself having the budget to work with that he has. Anyone can have a good team if you've got the cash but even then it might not be enough, look at Barcelona last night!!. and MU in the UEFA cup.

  • Big K - 2010-04-21 17:36

    Moyes is a great coach, but he doesnt have the experience of Champions League footy, hence my first choice would be Jose then Moyes!!! I think Jose going to get it cos SAF also likes Jose and his style!! Lets not forget Jose said he wants to take over from SAF and hates Italy, i think the deal is already done ESP if Jose Knocks Barca out and maybe lift the Trophy!! Watch this space!

  • We All Love Leeds - 2010-04-21 17:53

    Some of the Manchester United fans are actually delusional. You do not realise just how average your side is. Whoever comes in will NEVER repeat what Ferguson did... currently your team (average apart from Rooney, Evra and say Vidic)... plays behind the name of man united... in other words there is instant intimidation. Ferguson created that. When he goes.. your downfall will begin. Gibson in the starting XI lately? Come on... Giggs, Scholes, Neville, Van Der Saar are on the verge of being put in old age homes. Who is left? Berbatov.. hahaha.. Owen.. hahahah. Fletcher.. HAHAH. What about the crock Hargreaves? Carrick is average. The end of your glory years is near.

  • Laurie - 2010-04-21 19:49

    Leeds who? Weren't they in the Premier League some time back? Possibly if the MU old timers were really desperate, after retiring they could join Leeds for a few years to bring some class to that once great club. Heh, heh ....

  • Red Scouse Bob - 2010-04-22 03:28

    Wish he'd retire this year ugly old blue nose, lets hope his retirement coincides with the downfall of the "manure" they are an old lucky side, if the game of football only lasted 90 minutes there would be a lot less trophies in their cabinet, don't care who manages them, perhaps a gardner they know what to do with manure.

  • AJ - 2010-04-22 08:29

    @Red Scouse Bob: It's people like you that give all Liverfool supporters a bad name you ignorant chop! "if soccer was played for only 90min" what a load of cr@p i read from your comment! Don't worry too much...i understand your bitterness that has lasted for the past 20 years! By the way, you dumb scousers were lucky to beat AC Milan in that CL final! Now if soccer was played only in 45 min, Liverpool would be thrashed week in week out! Sounds stupid hey?

  • Ryan - 2010-04-22 08:41

    The Sun - it is a tabloid newspaper and is not to be taken seriously . I will believe Fergie is retiring when chewing gum sales register a serious drop . If and when he retires his successor will be chosen by him and will be the right person for the job - period . United has just been ranked most valuable football/sportsclub in the World - again , so whoever it is that replaces Fergie will have a huge cross to bear but thankfully will inherit a set-up second to none in the world .

  • Give us a Toffee - 2010-04-22 09:36

    Ha! Between Moyes and Mourinho? Moyes for sure... Mourinho won't have the cajones to run a side on a tight budget! Moyes for MUFC Manager! The man clearly deserves it!

  • Kube$ - 2010-04-22 10:43

    @We Love Leeds - your name says it all. @ Justin D- I think the idiot who replied to you makes sense, how did Keane do so well when he coached? As for Pep , coaching at U21 level is nothing compared to the real deal, and he did it with ease and what about Diego, as much as he is a tosser, he did get the resultof making the WC right?I think its you thats an idiot, you and my man Wes should start a supporters club.Okes like cantona have charisma, they will just do a great job, they dont need coaching exp man, and if players dont listen to okes like Keane or Cantona, they will prob get beat up , lol...

  • SoccerLover - 2010-04-22 11:50

    How interesting - Moyes tells Piennar that he should rather stay on at Toffees, as it is the most suitable club for him. Will he (Moyes) pass the chance to move to ManU (should he be offered the post), because Everton are the most ideal club?

  • Trevor - 2010-04-22 12:55

    I say Jomo Somo for the Job.

  • @We All loves Leeds - 2010-04-22 15:23

    It is amazing how all the doomsayers have been predicting United's demise year after year but can never be accountable for their false predictions. A new manager need only achieved a fraction of the success for SAF to be deemed successful. "Downfall" is synonamous with Leeds United - don't you think? Was it not your ex player Harry "Crocked" Kewell that said that United are in decline when he joined Liverpool? Where is Harry and 'Pool now? At least Cantona and Rio knew better.

  • We All Love Leeds - 2010-04-22 19:43

    hahah in my time supporting football.. i have never once thought man united were in decline and that is all due to one man (your manager). there is no other manager like him. Mourinho is good but if you want him ferguson needs to go now. Mourinho is going to leave inter at the end of this season. Im 90% sure of that. You have seen how much he hates the italian league and italy. He wants to come back to england and at this moment its going to be man city. mancini wont last even if they get 4th.

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