United have plan for life after Fergie
MANCHESTER UNITED have devised plans over how to replace Alex Ferguson when he finally steps down as as manager, WRITES MARK OGDEN.
Ferguson (70), who completes 26 years at Old Trafford next month, has made no public pronouncement over when he plans to step down, but there has been speculation it could be at the end of this season, depending on what his team achieve.
United vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: "We have a view as to what that process will look like in terms of finding a replacement and what type of manager we want and how and when we'll go about it.
"But it's in the drawer and long may it stay in the drawer."
Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who is taking a year off from management, is likely to feature on any list of candidates.
The final say on who replaces Ferguson will be made by the Glazer family, who are exploring options for the club to become the first Premier League team to tour India after ruling out the prospect of selling up.
Interest from the Middle East remains strong, with the Glazers having rejected a £1.5bn bid for the club from that region in late 2009.
But despite the balancing act of servicing the club's debt and funding the manager's transfer plans, the Glazers, who completed their leveraged takeover at Old Trafford in May 2005, remain determined to extend their stay at United for the long-term. (© Daily Telegraph, London)