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Guardian going with it too

 

Tuesday 7 May 2013 22.26 BST

 

Sir Alex Ferguson's future as Manchester United manager in doubt

• Announcement expected soon from Old Trafford

• Players told to prepare for news shortly

 

 

Sir Alex Ferguson's future as Manchester United manager was shrouded in doubt on Tuesday evening, with sources claiming that there would be a statement about his position and that the squad had been told to expect an announcement.

 

Some of the United squad were at a golf day on Tuesday at Dunham Massey, where they played against members of the coaching staff and were told to prepare to receive news regarding their manager.

 

United's press department could not be reached to confirm or deny the story.

 

Since leading United to a 20th championship and the 13th of his 27-year reign at the club, the 71-year-old has offered no hint that he may end his tenure. Yet given that since he announced his retirement at the end of the 2001-2 season months ahead of the close of that campaign before performing a U-turn, Ferguson vowed to make any future decision at short notice.

 

United had earlier confirmed reports that Ferguson is booked in for hip surgery immediately after the club return from their three-week pre-season tour at the end of July. That Ferguson will have his summer break and then travel to Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong before the operation suggested he was not going to be on the sidelines for too long.

 

However, United must face either Manchester City or Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley on 11 August, with their title defence due to begin the following weekend.

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Mourinho would suit that shower of s****.

 

reminded me of this Tweet earlier :

 

Stupid Football ‏@StupidFootball 50m

If Alex Ferguson retires at the end of the season, Man United deserve a manager whose name epitomises their club. Is Stefan Kuntz available?

 

juvenile, but I laughed.

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Times reporting Mourinho's talks with Chelsea have stalled....

Haha imagine that falling through and him going to the Mancs.... He would spend two years there to then f*** off elsewhere. He's a fly by night manager and the exact opposite to ferguson

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It'll be Mourinho if he does go this close season. Just when I didn't think I needed any other reason to hate him.

 

Just be happy to get the old c***'s face off the box.

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Haha imagine that falling through and him going to the Mancs.... He would spend two years there to then f*** off elsewhere. He's a fly by night manager and the exact opposite to ferguson

He's a great manager and in 3 seasons would win them a couple of league titles and a European Cup.

 

But in those 3 seasons he would also dismantle Ferguson's empire & legacy.

 

For us it would be short-term pain for long-term gain. Like having the needle at the dentist.

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He's a great manager and in 3 seasons would win them a couple of league titles and a European Cup.

 

But in those 3 seasons he would also dismantle Ferguson's empire & legacy.

 

For us it would be short-term pain for long-term gain. Like having the needle at the dentist.

Oh yeah.. No doubt about his quality as a manager. The fans I have spoken to hate the thought of him being there and it being his next circus act... If he went there then he would take Lampard too

 

The thought of Alonso joining him makes me wretch

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Oh yeah.. No doubt about his quality as a manager. The fans I have spoken to hate the thought of him being there and it being his next circus act... If he went there then he would take Lampard too

 

The thought of Alonso joining him makes me wretch

 

Marca said the other day that Essien, Lopez and Modric are the only ones left on speaking terms with Mourinho!

 

If Ferguson is going now they must have Mourinho lined up. Thought they'd wait a few years for Pep.

 

My manc mate doesn't want JM either. Would rather Moyes get a chance plus reckons he'd be easy to move on if he wasn't good enough.

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@danroan: Hearing there could be a Utd statement as early as 10am tomorrow. Club officials on standby.

Personally I think it's him retiring in 2014 and Moyes being his understudy until then.

Moyes has stalled on signing a contract and said he would decide in the summer... Ferguson will have as much of a say as anyone as to who takes over his job and I can't see him letting Mourinho come in and turn it all upside down

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Personally I think it's him retiring in 2014 and Moyes being his understudy until then.

Moyes has stalled on signing a contract and said he would decide in the summer... Ferguson will have as much of a say as anyone as to who takes over his job and I can't see him letting Mourinho come in and turn it all upside down

 

Only thing about that is the effect it had on team last time he announced a future retirement. Not sure he'd risk it again.

 

Also not sure a number two coming in with a plan to take over already in motion would work. Moyes would have to change his approach to players after a year, plus he might not work out.

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Only thing about that is the effect it had on team last time he announced a future retirement. Not sure he'd risk it again.

 

Also not sure a number two coming in with a plan to take over already in motion would work. Moyes would have to change his approach to players after a year, plus he might not work out.

That's surely the point of a year understudy? To see if it works out? If it doesn't then yeah Moyes looks a t**, but Man Utd continue the hunt...

After 26 years they are going to want to pass that club onto someone for the long term. I can see Ferguson overseeing that until its in the right hands regardless how long it takes

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