Alex Ferguson, probably the greatest British manager ever, has talked about three current managers in the Premiership whom he admires.
Sir Alex’ comments came at the Citizens Theater in his home town of Glasgow. He mentioned the managers in response to a question he was asked about who he thinks would succeed him as manager at Manchester United.
Let’s take a look at what he said â€“ because Big Sam was mentioned in a positive light.
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The Manchester United boss talked about both the current Newcastle United and Sunderland managers as rivals whom he admires. Ferguson, who will turn 66 on new year’s eve, also said his current assistant manager Carlos Queiroz will be a strong contender.
Ferguson revealed that Roy Keane, Sam Allardyce and current Charlton Athletic boss Alan Pardew, have impressed him during the last few years in the way they manage their clubs and players.
This is what Sir Alex said:
“Pardew at Charlton has got something about him, he is a good young manager,”
“Roy Keane has got a good chance, he has something about him.”
“Of the older ones, Sam Allardyce is a very influential manager.” “His way of managing is very different. He is very into the sports science, he had about 16 people working behind the scenes at Bolton.â€
“He knew how many yards his players were running, how many sprints they were making.” “During the game he has got all the figures on a big screen behind the dug-out. He will do well at Newcastle.”
We would think Roy Keane, if he continues his excellent work with Sunderland, will be a strong contender, but Sunderland will not want to lose him, that’s for sure. Certainly Sunderland get excellent support from their fans and Roy seems to be enjoying life in the north-east. However, we wonder if Keane has sufficient quality in his side right now, to ensure Sunderland at least stay up this year. There’s no doubt Roy has made a phenomenal start to his management career.
Sam Allardyce will be going nowhere, as he has started so positively at Newcastle and fans can already see a turnaround. That change is not only in the way the team is playing but also in the players’ attitude to the game. It was easy to see the turnaround Sam has already achieved on Saturday against Wigan – and Sam promises more is to come. We do know Sam and Sir Alex are good friends and that Allardyce tried to do some business over the summer for both Sylvestre and Brown, but with no success. Former Manchester United players Nicky Butt and Alan Smith will be important players for Newcastle this year.
Alex Ferguson indicated his decision to retire would not be an easy one as he went on:
“The thing is I have not made my mind up when I’m retiring,” “It’s not going to be an easy decision.”
“The important thing is to leave a good team.” “The present team is very, very good but they will get better.”
Certainly we think Ferguson miss the game when he retires â€“ and football will certainly miss him.