UK time is: 11:52:40
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Fergie Turns To Utility Man Mickey Phelan Again

Sir Alex Ferguson has appointed Mickey Phelan as his new assistant manager to replace Carlos Queiroz who took up the national coach's post at Portugal.

The move means that Rene Meulensteen, former technical skills development officer is promoted to first-team coach, the post Phelan has filled since 2001.

'I am delighted that Mick and Rene have agreed to fill these important positions,' Fergie told the official website.

'Mick knows Manchester United inside out, having been associated with the club for the best part of 20 years. He is a very talented and professional coach, whose ability and contribution to the club's success has often been understated.

Understated, yeah. Sir Alex maintains that when he had signed Mickey Phelan he had thought of him as a utility man and as such he served us well.

Others, however, think of him as one of the worst Fergie signings... the truth, as always, is somewhere in between but one's got to feel that once again Phelan got the job for his qualities as a utility man. I wonder if he's the right candidate to replace Queiroz - or just the easiest one.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!




Win £1,000,000 every week with Man of the Match®

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 3 2008

Time: 3:53PM

Your Comments

Damn it, I came so close to getting that post...
Tosswink
In MY opinion, he won't be great but not disgraceful. All though out of who Fergie could have picked, this would have been bottom of my list. Didn't Fergie say he wanted his assistant to speak Portuguese???
Paulinho
No, Paulinho, he said it might be useful, but it wasn't essential. I think Phelan will be okay, he's done well for us in the past. Was disappointed to see Carlos Queiroz go - hopefully he'll come back to us again!
Man utd champions
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Linked to Liverpool Midfielder! (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Blind Deal Moves Closer! (Wednesday August 27 2014)

He Who Laughs Last! (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Van Gaal Speaks - MK Dons (a) (Wednesday August 27 2014)

MK Dons 4 Manchester United 0 (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Van Gaal and Di Maria Speak (Wednesday August 27 2014)

MK Dons v United - Team Sheets (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Di Maria Deal Completed (Tuesday August 26 2014)

So Wide of the Mark! (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Di Maria Deal Almost There! (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 135
2. Kanchelskis 67
3. MotorMad 65
4. nordkap 15
5. ssopon273 2
6. kashere21 2
7. D_G 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Sunderland 1 - 1 Man Utd
Man Utd 1 - 2 Swansea

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Everton 2 0 2 0 0 2
11. Sunderland 2 0 2 0 0 2
12. WBA 2 0 2 0 0 2
13. Man Utd 2 0 1 1 -1 1
14. Southampton 2 0 1 1 -1 1
15. Stoke 2 0 1 1 -1 1
16. Leicester City 2 0 1 1 -2 1

Breaking League News

Walsall 0-3 Palace
» Crystal Palace : 27/08/2014 11:38:00
Oviedo returns to training with Everton
» Everton : 27/08/2014 11:00:00
Everton net Forshaw sell on
» Everton : 27/08/2014 10:00:00
A Thoroughly Good Guy!
» Spurs : 27/08/2014 09:58:00
United Linked to Liverpool Midfielder!
» Man Utd : 27/08/2014 09:52:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Best on an awful night v MK Dons?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 4%
Vermijl 4%
Evamns 27%
Keane 0%
James 0%
Anderson 0%
Kagawa 4%
Janko 0%
Powell 4%
Hernandez 9%
Welbeck 4%
Januzaj 27%
Pereira 4%
Wilson 13%