Ferguson's United Future?
May 26th 2008 08:12
Sir Alex Ferguson has finally answered the question as to how long he will continue to manage Manchester United, and he has said that he will not remain at the helm for a term longer than three years at the most. The Scot pointed out that three years would be very unlikely, and it’s more of a possibility that Ferguson will only manage United for one or two more seasons. This comes as sort of a mixed bag for Manchester United, after having one Europe’s premier trophy, they find out their boss of almost three decades is set to retire soon.
Manchester United could well be lost for a brief spell without the leadership of someone like Sir Alex, who knows what the club could face with a new manager. I think if United stands a chance at continuing the same success, the need to bring in a replacement now, and let said replacement work with Ferguson for the amount of time Sir Alex remains the manager. That way you have someone experienced into the Manchester United philosophy who can continue moving forward, instead of dealing with new blood who could gut the team in an attempt to make their own mark.
Sometimes the most destructive force to a club is changing the faces at the top. Players positions being shifted to try a new strategy after learning to play together in one fashion, completely ruins a squads ability to coordinate together. Just look at Liverpool, and Benitez’s constant changes in lineup early on last season, and how it caused instability and confusion for the players because they couldn’t get used to one system. Or Avram Grant’s completely ridiculous decisions in not using players correctly, like playing Anelka as a winger and Essien as a right-back in the Champions League final. If United get a manager making wacky decisions like either, they’ll be as gutted as Chelsea were following Jose Mourinho’s exit.
Speaking of Jose Mourinho, the special one had a few very harsh choice words for his former club’s performance after his infamous exit. Mourinho called Chelsea’s season ‘really bad’ also stating about the season in The Observer: ‘In my philosophy it was a very bad one because in football 'almost' means defeat and Chelsea almost won the Carling Cup, almost won the Champions League and almost won the Premier League. Almost is nothing.’
Very harsh words, but as those three failing campaigns for silverware went for Chelsea, you would have to call the season very bad. In the ultimate level of football, which is the level the English game is played, coming up second means nothing except that you weren’t good enough. You don’t get a reward for being a runner up, as well you shouldn’t. The biggest kicker was watching that Champions League final Chelsea had the depth of talent to pull of the victory easily, but bad management led to their demise. Which again makes it all the more fitting that already Avram Grant was fired.
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