There have been rumours flying about recently about the state of things at Real Madrid. Their form and the constant bickering and infighting that is now openly evident, had thrown up all sorts of theories and conspiracies about the likely destination for Coach Jose Mourinho. It seems that the media have decided that the obvious place is Manchester United. However, there are serious doubts about that proposal. One of the longest serving ex-players, Sir Bobby Charlton, who is also a director at the club, recently commented on Mourinho, "He is a good manager, but that is as far as it goes". That comment spoke a thousand words. There is obvious discomfort at the thought of a manager, regardless of his credentials, who seems to be somewhat ephemeral in his managerial career. It seems that three seasons is the maximum that he can withstand at any one club before either he falls out with them, or they fall out with him. So, it would appear that Mourinho, long touted as Sir Alex`s successor to the crown at Manchester United, will not become their next manager.
There is good reason for this view. Sources close to Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson have leaked information that has suggested there is already a plan in force for Guardiola to take over this coming summer at Old Trafford. Chief Executive David Gill has consistently stated that the plans have already been drawn up for when Sir Alex decides to call it a day. It would appear that day is next summer.
Guardiola and Ferguson have regularly been in touch with each other as Guardiola continues on his self-imposed sabbatical. The most recent meeting in New York took place because Sir Alex was giving a lecture at Harvard. Manchester United regards Guardiola as the more stable manager rather than Mourinho. He also wants his next `project`, as they are called these days, to be another long term one. That suits Manchester United perfectly, as they do not want another merry-go-round like happened when Sir Matt Busby retired. Despite his demeanour, Guardiola produces exciting teams, with the emphasis on attacking skills. That fits United’s Modus Operandi perfectly.
Sir Alex will be having his last shot at the Champions League this season and things are already looking good as they sit at the top of the Premier League by 7 points. He will be 71 on New Year Day and insiders have suggested that he has finally decided to call time on his illustrious career.
Whatever happens, you will hear about it here first.