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Jose Mourinho can be my successor: Alex Ferguson

News 03 Dec 2012, 11:11 IST
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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Manchester United’s Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (R) greet each other before their F.A Community Shield match football match at Wembley Stadium in London, 05 August 2007.

United Manager Alex Ferguson has claimed that Jose Mourinho can be the person who can  replace the Scotsman after there have been talks about Ferguson’s tenure at Old Trafford coming to an end.

“He can manage anywhere, absolutely,” Ferguson told ITV4. “I’m not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club. I won’t last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere, there is no question about that. I would never think a guy who hasn’t played a game could be a top coach, but then you’ve got to look at his personality, I think his personality does it.”

“He’s got a marvellous  strong personality and I think that bridges that gap. That’s incredible [his trophy haul]. How old is he now? Fiftieth year. So he is 20 years behind me. At the same rate he is going to add another 42 trophies. At the current rate, [that is] amazing isn’t it? I remember his first press conference [at Chelsea] and I thought ‘he’s a cocky b****r, him.He was telling players, ‘Look, I’m the Special One, we don’t lose games.’ Bloody hell, coming to England, he is only a young man and saying he is the Special One! But what it did, it told all the players to have the belief they were going to win the league,” added Ferguson.

Jose Mourinho had been recently linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabéu with clubs like Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Although, the Sunday Mirror says if Ferguson does decide to call it a day, then United is the job that ­Guardiola and Real Madrid coach Mourinho will fight for.

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