Roy Keane is one of an ever-growing number of Alex Ferguson's former players who have gone on to enter top-flight management. In terms of success in the dugout, some are closer to being the next Nobby Stiles than Fergie.
- Laurent Blanc
Signed by Fergie in 2001, Blanc is presently the head-honcho of the French national team, having masterminded Bordeaux to their first league title in 10 years in the 2008/9 season.
- Mark Hughes
After seven years under Ferguson, 'Sparky' has impressed managing Blackburn, Manchester City and a five-year tenure in charge of his native Wales. Currently at the helm of Fulham.
- Alex Mcleish
'Big Eck' served his apprenticeship under Ferguson at Aberdeen. Currently earning the plaudits from impressive results at Birmingham City following difficult spells with Rangers and Scotland.
- Steve Bruce
Now with Sunderland, Bruce has led Wigan and Birmingham, among others, with varied success after captaining United during nine years under Ferguson.
- Bryan Robson
After unsuccessful spells in charge of Middlesborough, Bradford and West Brom, Fergie's 'Captain Marvel' is currently coaching the Thai national team.