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Another Student From The Fergie Management School

The list is long. Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, Alex McLeish, Mark McGhee, Roy Keane - all ex-players of Sir Alex Ferguson and all have stayed in football to go into management.

Ryan Giggs, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gary Neville are the latest additions to the bunch though two of them are still playing. And there's another player within the ranks at Old Trafford who considers himself tailor-made for management: current captain Rio Ferdinand.

'I love football so I'm sure I'll be involved in the game in one way, shape or form,' said Ferdinand.

'As I get older, management seems the direction that I'd like to see myself in.'

So, another one. What does it tell us? Three things I think.

First, Fergie is looking for players who love the game as much as he does, no, for players who are as obsessed with the game as he is. These are the ones who cannot contemplate quitting football entirely and end up trying themselves in management with varied success.

Secondly, his influence over his players is tremendous. His obsession must be infectious. The way he analyses the game, the way he talks about it, the way he puts it above everything: this zealous drive must rub off on his players.

And, thirdly, he's obviously got the necessary contacts, he can put the aspiring candidates in touch with a few people! But that can be expected after being around for 22 years...

And how will Ferdinand fare as manager? You never know - he possesses great leadership qualities but so does Bryan Robson if you know what I mean.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 26 2008

Time: 7:16PM

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Its atoguh one. He seems a bit too laid back to becoem a great manager. But who knows....if Steve Mclaren can be a manager, ANYONE CAN!
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26/08/2008 20:12:00

I know I'm an outsider gatecrashing in from VitalTottenham to see what's on, but out of all the ex-Fergie plaers who've gone into management, who do you feel is the one you'd most like to step into his shoes. I've been really impressed myself with the way in which Roy Keane has conducted himself as a Manager with Sunderland. He's had some great signings from ourselves, and every day seems to bring news of somebody else joining him who makes you think ... why didn't we go for him. So as a Spurs man I'd start the ball rolling with a prediction that Roy Keane will be ManU manager in a few years time, (I don't think SirAF is in any hurry just yet)
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27/08/2008 01:38:00

Although adding to that I've a feeling Roy intends taking Sunderland all the way to the top if you don't get him quick!!!
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27/08/2008 01:40:00

Another thing I'd like to ask, do you think there will be problems at ManU with the absence of a Number2 manager, there has been talk that performance has dropped off in the past when AF has been managing alone?
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27/08/2008 01:41:00

Can't help thinking that giggsy will be the next United manager
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27/08/2008 09:17:00

Keane wont be the next United manager. Look at the articel below thsi one...he isnt interested in Manchester United.
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27/08/2008 11:11:00

Yeah, skylab, he strikes me as being a good manager potentially. How about him and ole together? What a partnership.
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27/08/2008 14:30:00

But, having said that, United need a proven manager, and as Giggs doesn't look like he's going to retire just yet, Fergie will have to stay on a few more years so Ryan can get the necessary experience at another club.
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27/08/2008 14:31:00

On Rio, he doesn't really strike me as being a manager, but then neither did Keane, and he turned out pretty well (so far) so you never know. I'd see him more in an academy coaching role or in a TV role of some sort... let's wait and see.
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27/08/2008 14:33:00

Well, one of Fergie's fledgings who would definitely be out of the picture is....Scholesy. BTW what do u see ginger doing anways, once he leaves United? Continue a playing career with Oldham?
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27/08/2008 15:30:00

No I don't think Scholesy would ever be a manager; he'll probably just stay at home with his family. But... I could see him being a behind the scenes coach, or do something with the reserves (like Ole at the moment).
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27/08/2008 18:20:00

Personally I think he'll run for prime minister. Upon getting the position he'll apoint himself the new King of England and lead us on a crusade to invade europe and capture all the wealth they have to offer. But hey, that's just me.
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28/08/2008 10:51:00

Ferdinand fare as manager hewill be crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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28/08/2008 16:54:00

Tosswink, Dong's contract has been cancelled by mutual consent!!!
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28/08/2008 17:23:00

Oh no....Tosswink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DONG'S GONE!!!!!!
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28/08/2008 19:14:00

It's a sad day! Woe I tell thee all! All this needing a striker malarky and now this! Why isn't this a seperate news piece here? Everyone, draw up signs and placards! We go to protest!
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29/08/2008 09:03:00


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