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Fergie's proteges

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.

Irish Independent