We’ve all done it, sat around with our mates, making a case as to who should succeed the greatest manager of all time when he finally decides he’s had enough of dominating football and is finally going to spend a bit more time with Cathy.
The names most of my mates suggest start and end in Special One, while those ‘thinking outside the box’ – I know I’m sorry, next thing you know I’ll be saying things like “proactive” and “blue sky ideas”- they suggest David Moyes, while the safe option is usually touted as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer- safe in the fact no one really argues with it too much due to his legendary status.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor doesn’t need much on his CV, just- deep breath now- the ability to manage at the top level, a decent relationship with the current United boss- we all know Fergie’s going to have a massive say in who takes over from him- a penchant for playing football the right way, the ability to be media savvy and he’ll also need to be well respected by all the players.
Pep Guardiola fits all of the above criteria and then some. Unlike Jose Mourinho, there’s no problem with the media, nor is there the affiliation with Chelsea which may cause a problem in convincing him to come to Old Trafford, Ole for all his merits has never been in charge of anything close to the size of United’s first team, while Moyes doesn’t have the CL knowledge, or the experience of playing football in the style United now seem to be heading.
Players such as Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley seem a perfect fit for the tina-taka style that Guardiola all but invented – or at the very least perfectly mastered it- and you have a feeling he could also take Chicharito and Danny Welbeck to another level.
The reason for all this excitement regarding the only football manager who could feasibly walk from the dugout onto a catwalk without changing his clobber, are reports from Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo which claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up Guardiola as his replacement, “if” and admittedly it’s a big “if” this turns out to be true, I for one would not be complaining.
Is Guardiola the man to replace Sir Alex? If not who? Feel free to comment, suggest and abuse below: