The Socceroos need a head coach to lead them to the World Cup in Brazil next summer, and the outspoken former goalkeeper has suggested his old manager from Old Trafford.
Despite ensuring participation at next summer’s World Cup, a recent dip in form has convinced the authorities in Australian football that a new manager is needed at the helm.
The Socceroos parted company with Holger Osieck after their latest friendly defeat to France, with the contenders to become his potential replacement being lined up.
Some of the more prominent names being mentioned are the likes of Guus Hiddink and Marcelo Bielsa, but former Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has suggested that the Aussies should aim higher.
“We’ve been throwing around a lot of names but there’s one person that I haven’t heard mentioned – even though I’ve got more reason than anyone not to suggest him,” Bosnich said.
“I’m just being honest and have had experience under him, so know what he’s like – it is Sir Alex Ferguson.
“That name hasn’t been put about, but we need someone of that ilk.
"Either him or someone of that ilk needs to come down and start to put a few people in their place. He would command a top whack, but in life, and especially in sport, you get what you pay for. If you want the very best, you’re going to have to pay for the best.”
The legendary Scottish manager left Manchester United after 26 historic years at Old Trafford over the summer, with David Moyes taking his place in the Red Devils’ hotseat.
Bosnich’s ambition is admirable, but the likelihood of Ferguson considering a move to manage the Socceroos is slim. The Scottish boss would risk sullying his reputation by taking on an Australia side that are likely to struggle at the competition in Brazil.
Ferguson is an unpredictable character however and the allure of international management at a World Cup may be a temptation to a man that loves the game.
Whether Ferguson was to be interested or not (more than likely not), whoever gets the position will have a job on their hands. Back-to-back 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France show just where the Australian team are currently at, with talented former British-based players such as Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka no longer in the fold.
Given Ferguson’s reputation, he would be able to take his pick of managerial jobs if he did decide to come out of retirement – the likelihood of him selecting sunny Australia is surely slim.
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