Ole’s reserve triumph gives managerial nudge
Football. Bloody hell. Reports suggest Sir Alex Ferguson’s eminent managerial career will come to an end after next season and speculation has filtered in with potential successors. Now, ignoring the fact that the current season has yet been concluded and that Fergie is still boss, I personally believe Ole Gunner Solskjaer may just be the perfect candidate for the hot seat.
I say this in the aftermath of his Premier Reserves League North triumph and have been impressed, along with many others, of how well he’s adjusted to life as coach. There will be the usual comments about how he’s inexperienced but no other contender know the club more than he does. He’s United through and through, and had inspired the team to big things, not least the treble haul in ’99 where he scored a goal in the very,very last minute in the European Cup final.
Looking at the other names, David Moyes and Jose Mourinho are very popular choices along with a few others but even the mention of Pep Guardiola cannot sway me away from the Baby-faced Assassin. I’ve always believed that when Sir Alex finally calls it a day that I’d do with any coach that promises and succeeds in bringing silverware to the club. If Martin O’Neill were to be appointed in the summer of 2011, then fine, as I’m sure he has the quality to maintain the club’s position as one of the best in the world. If I, however, was to be given a choice, I’d go for the candidate who I, not only, admire as a person and coach but has been a great servant for the club in the past and present. That candidate is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fergie has already praised his efforts as reserve coach and rates him highly, but, he rates Moyes for the job. The Everton boss would be my ‘second choice’ as it were, but it is obvious that Sir Alex wants his Scottish counterpart to replace him. He has transformed the Merseyside club into European contenders haven taken over all those years ago where they constantly found themselves in the wrong half of the table. Of course if at United, he will have a top European club that needs to continue doing what they do year after year. That’s why I’d plump for Solskjaer, as he knows the ‘United way’ of things and would bring some continuity to the team. Realistically, the best he could really hope for is as assistant boss. He would make a fine no.2. I do think he is a quality coach and although still very inexperienced, he will prove very popular with the fans. What other reason do I have? Well, he’s up their with the United greats and how wonderful would it be to see one of them becoming United boss.