Sir Bobby Charlton has made some claims about Sir Alex Ferguson, which should slightly worry Manchester United supporters.
Those claims relate to Fergie’s future and Charlton has suggested that the Scot could carry on in the job for another ten years due to his never dying passion, attitude and commitment.
On the surface that would appear to be a very positive thing but there are a couple of downsides were that to happen, which could after United as a club and the squad in general.
There can be little doubt that would mean United possibly missing out on their first choice coach to replace Fergie. Someone like Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho may already have one eye on the job at Old Trafford.
They are not the sort of bosses who will wait around ten years for the job. They will continue to build their careers and their experience and they could well settle down at a club where they remain for the rest of their careers.
You also have to question the physical and stressful side of the game and how that would affect Fergie as he goes late into his 70s and early 80s still in charge of the team.
Through his own success, he’s created one of the most high pressure jobs in football and the second he shows signs that it’s affecting him physically, his family would more than likely demand his exit.
That could leave United in a very difficult position because that could happen in the middle of the season, which would not be ideal for a side that consistently competes for success on all fronts each season.
There is also going to be a big risk as he gets older and older that he will start making misguided and ill thought decisions which a younger manager may not make.
That is just a minor point and one which can be countered by Fergie’s ample experience but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he may start to lose his sharpness in a mental sense.
That could lead him to making slow changes in big games, getting his tactics wrong, all of the sorts of things which a younger, more energetic and dynamic manager would not allow to happen.
These are just a couple of the downsides but the positives of him staying at the club would far outweigh them. Fortunately for the fans, they have a boss who shouldn’t let any of the above possibilities happen.
He knows the right time to walk away.
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