Manchester United - Fergie Turns To Utility Man Mickey Phelan Again
UK time is: 07:30:26
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 (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Damn it, I came so close to getting that post...
Report Abuse
03/09/2008 16:53:00

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???
Report Abuse
03/09/2008 17:40:00

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
Report Abuse
08/09/2008 16:47:00


Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester United Articles

Shaw Makes First Carrington Return (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Martial Scoops PFA Award (Tuesday October 6 2015)

United Legends - Alex Stepney (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Carrick - Team Must Accept Criticism (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Mata Reflects on Arsenal Defeat (Tuesday October 6 2015)

United Legends - Nobby Stiles (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Persistently Chasing Muller (Monday October 5 2015)

AUDIO: Van Gaal mystified by display (Monday October 5 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Man City 8 6 0 2 +12 18
2. Arsenal 8 5 1 2 +6 16
3. Man Utd 8 5 1 2 +4 16
4. Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 +4 15
5. Leicester City 8 4 3 1 +2 15
6. West Ham 8 4 2 2 +6 14
7. Everton 8 3 4 1 +4 13

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Open season on José as Capello, Cruyff pile on
» Chelsea : 06/10/2015 22:00:01
Diouf's mother dies in Mecca stampede
» Stoke : 06/10/2015 21:34:00
Allardyce Fans Favourite for Sunderland Post
» West Ham : 06/10/2015 19:23:00
Shaw Makes First Carrington Return
» Man Utd : 06/10/2015 19:06:00
Martial Scoops PFA Award
» Man Utd : 06/10/2015 18:55:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Arsenal?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 11%
Young 0%
Smalling 0%
Blind 0%
Darmian 0%
Carrick 0%
Schweinsteiger 10%
Mata 6%
Depay 3%
Rooney 0%
Martial 70%
Valencia 0%
Fellaini 0%
Wilson 0%