Sir Alex Ferguson wants to become director at Manchester United

Ferguson 'set to move upstairs' when United's legendary boss eventually calls it a day

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

02:11 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:31 GMT, 1 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has said he is keen on becoming a director at Old Trafford when he finally decides to quit management.

The 71-year-old Manchester United boss said that he is determined to stay at the club after initially intimating that he would step away.

Ferguson said: ‘There’s no getting rid of me. I’ll probably become a director. Nobody knows [my retirement date], neither do I. It won’t be a doctor that tells me to quit!’

Probable: Sir Alex Ferguson said he would probably become a director at Manchester United

Probable: Sir Alex Ferguson said he would probably become a director at Manchester United

As for his successor, he added:
‘They’ll ask me but I think it’ll be a club decision, not mine. With the
structure we have here, it can't be an impossible job.

Former United star Viv Anderson has
rejected the idea that Ferguson might be tempted to step down this
summer, even if they win the Champions League and Premier League.

Anderson, who played under Ferguson
from 1987-91, said: ‘There is no chance that Sir Alex will retire this
summer. He loves the club. He lives and breathes it.’

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In his wide ranging interview with
twentyfour7 magazine, the United boss also discussed his deliberate
decision to use his former players among his staff.

The likes of Nicky Butt and Brian
McClair are already involved, and Ferguson has backed Paul Scholes, Ryan
Giggs and Darren Fletcher to follow suit.

He added: 'Looking at my present
crop, it's difficult, but the likes pf Giggs and Scholes wil be part of
the structure here. Darren Fletcher is a long term possibilty, and Nicky
Butt is with the reserves.

'We try to get as many former players in the set-up as we can, we've got a good back up.

'We look ahead because that is
succession planning in terms of structure – they've the experience of
being at the club, being a player here, knowing what it takes to be a
winner.'