Monday, April 19, 2010

A New Day at Man U?

My son Karl just passed the news along, so I had to look it up for myself. SAF may step down from Man U next year, and his replacement could be...

Jose Mourinho!{C7DF7CEC-3BC3-4859-A3FD-FE4AAD215DD8}&newsid=6648276

Papers: One more year?
19/04/2010 08:30

Ferguson out, Mourinho in
Sir Alex Ferguson will quit Manchester United at the end of next season – and Jose Mourinho will succeed him. Ferguson aims to complete an unprecedented 25 seasons in charge at Old Trafford before calling time on the most successful managerial career in history. By then, the man who took over in November 1986, hopes to have steered United to a record number of title wins and, hopefully, a third Champions League success. Starsport understands United have already lined up the charismatic Mourinho, currently in charge of Inter Milan. Ferguson, who will be 69 on December 31, has been involved in discussions about his successor for the past few years.
Bill Thornton, Daily Star

Gary Neville reveals that Sir Alex got his players charged up for Saturday's game by asking his men: "Do you want to win this title?"

The Star, and most other newspapers, run with the picture of Neville giving Paul Scholes a big kiss in the derby celebrations on Saturday. Not for the feint-hearted!

The Guardian praises United's ability to "keep cool when the heat is on, trusting their passing game when others would resort to kick-and-hope".

Round up by Ben Hibbs

Jose Mourinho is being lined up by Manchester United to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports.

The Inter Milan boss, who has recently been linked with United's rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, is wanted by Old Trafford chiefs at the end of next season.

That is when they expect Fergie to finally step down, especially if he has met his targets of a record number of league wins and three Champions League victories.

It is thought Ferguson has been involved for a number of seasons in discussions about his successor and he is an admirer of Mourinho.