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Laurent Blanc in contention for United post-Ferguson managerial role

The current head coach of the French national team is Laurent Blanc. During the closing stages of his playing career, Blanc was a Manchester United player. He played for the club between 2001 and 2003 before retiring in 2003. He scored four goals in 48 matches for the club and played as a sweeper. He was also capped 97 times for France and scored 16 goals, between 1989 and 2000. He started coaching in 2007, taking over the reins at Bordeaux. His time at Bordeaux was very successful as the club finished runners-up in the league in his first season in charge and won the 2008/09 Ligue 1 title in his second season as well as the Coupe de la Ligue. He took over the France jon on the 16th May replacing controversial manager Raymond Domenech with the difficult task of rebuilding a devastated French national football team. His current contract lasts until the end of the EURO 2012 Championship.

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Blanc has stated that he is interested in taking over the post at Manchester United, replacing his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson when the latter decides to call time on his long tenure at the club. Ferguson is currently 68 years old and by the time Blanc’s contract with the French Football Federation expires, he would be 70 years old. Blanc was full of praise for Sir Alex, saying he is the ‘cornerstone of Manchester United’ and that he ‘personifies Manchester’s project’. Laurent Blanc is currently focussed on being successful in his job as French manager, but in the near future, he would be very interested to manage his former club Manchester United.

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In an interview with Reuters, Laurent Blanc’s comments were:

“Sir Alex is the cornerstone of Manchester United. He personifies Manchester’s project, he’s got this passion.”

“It would be a very interesting, although a very tough challenge but maybe interesting if he is the one starting it [his replacement’s process]. With me or someone else but I could be interested.”

“It would please me a lot. But it would be tough to find a successor to Sir Alex. He has done it for 24 years and it will not be easy.”

“For now, I am not in that [Manchester United] project. I have another challenge.”

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