In comments before his team take on the Red Devils in the 15:00GMT Saturday match, Sunderland boss Steve Bruce stated that he sees Jose Mourinho take over from Sir Alex Ferguson when the latter decides to retire. Bruce stated that he doesn’t see Fergie retiring from the post in the near future, as his long-term career as manager of Manchester United is nearing 24 years (appointed on the 6th November 1986). Steve Bruce played for Manchester United in Fergie’s early years, between 1987 and 1996, playing 309 games and scoring 36 goals.
He states that he sees the Glazers looking for a foreign manager when Sir Alex retires, and Mourinho fits all their requirements perfectly. The manager that follows Ferguson will have a huge task of filling his boots, but Mourinho has the right ability and frame of mind to do this task. He always stated that he dreams of managing in England again after making Chelsea a football super-power between 2004 and 2007.
An interesting fact is that Steve Bruce still calls Ferguson ‘boss’, even though he no longer forms part of his team, and the same will happen on Saturday when the two fight it out for points at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland will be encouraged by Manchester United’s unimpressive away record this season, but the Red Devils will be encouraged by the away win against Valencia in mid-week.
The full comments of Steve Bruce were:
“You’d have to say Jose Mourinho would be a huge candidate. He’s not lost at home [in the league] for 8½ years. His record speaks for itself.”
“Would they go for Mourinho, he’s outspoken? I don’t think they’ll be getting a manager from Aberdeen like last time. The previous regime might have gone for a British manager but I’m not sure now.”
“To manage a club of that size for that time-span is mind-blowing. His own personal health will determine how long he stays but after speaking to him in the last few weeks he’s certainly got the hunger, and the desire is still there. But how do you follow that? He’s still got it. It was like with Sir Matt Busby. Whoever can or does, it’s a big challenge.”
“I still call him boss, he’s the boss. He calls himself the boss as well just to make sure you don’t get carried away.”
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