I wanted Guardiola to succeed me â€“ Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that David Moyes, the man chosen as his managerial successor at Manchester United, was sixth on a list of ideal replacements headed by Pep Guardiola and four others, who were all â€œunavailableâ€ at the time, Reuters reports.
In his new book â€œLeadingâ€, Unitedâ€™s longest-serving manager outlines the selection process behind Moyesâ€™ ill-fated appointment at Old Trafford, which lasted less than a year after he replaced the retired Ferguson in 2013.
â€œI asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didnâ€™t and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013,â€ Ferguson wrote.
â€œWhen we started the process of looking for my replacement, we established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable.
â€œIt became apparent that Jose Mourinho had given his word to Roman Abramovich that he would return to Chelsea, and that Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him at Real Madrid.
â€œWe also knew that Jurgen Klopp was happy at Borussia Dortmund and would be signing a new contract. Meantime, Louis van Gaal had undertaken to lead the Dutch attempt to win the 2014 World Cup,â€ he added.
Moyes was sacked after 10 months at United but Ferguson defended his fellow Scotâ€™s record prior to joining the club.
â€œWe chose David Moyes. He had been consistent in his job at Everton, had a good spell there â€“ 11 years and showed appetite.
â€œUnfortunately, somehow it didnâ€™t work out for David. The process was perfect. It was a good process,â€ Ferguson said.
Instead, the former United manager reserved his criticism for Moyesâ€™ decision to overhaul his backroom staff after taking charge.
â€œIâ€™m sure there are things that David would do differently if he had the opportunity to relive his time at Old Trafford,â€ Ferguson said.
â€œSuch as keeping Mick Phelan (Fergusonâ€™s assistant), who would have been the invaluable guide to the many layers of the club that Ryan Giggs is to Louis van Gaal today.
â€œThere is no point suddenly changing routines that players are comfortable with. It is counterproductive, saps morale and immediately provokes players to question the new manâ€™s motives,â€ he added.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has revealed that he refused to allow Wayne Rooney to be paid more than him during a contract stand-off with the striker in 2010, AFP reports.
Rooney vowed to leave United after accusing the club of a lack of ambition, only to perform a sudden U-turn and sign a new five-year deal reportedly worth Â£180,000 a week.
But Ferguson reveals in his new book that he engineered a deal of his own ensuring that no player could earn more than him, telling Unitedâ€™s owners the Glazer family and then-chief executive David Gill he â€œdid not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made.â€
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