Ray Wilkins has been the talk of the town this season.
Having been sacked by Chelsea midway through the season he has been drawing plaudits for his punditry work and his latest comments to the Sunday Express are likely to create further buzz around him.
Speaking on former Chelsea mananger Jose Mourinho, Wilkins asserted that he could see the Portuguese man taking over from Sir Alex in the future,
“At the minute it’s hard to see Fergie stopping – you only have to look at him jumping up and down on the touchline to know he just adores football.
“He’s in charge of another fantastic Manchester United side and I think if they can keep Giggs and Scholes for one more year they are going to remain very competitive.
“But Fergie is a dear friend of Jose, you know. I would imagine they converse, I would think they are on the phone together every now and then. And I wouldn’t put it past Manchester United that if Sir Alex decided this was time to call it a day that Jose would be the type of guy they would go for.”
There isn’t a single soul who can question Mourinho’s managerial prowess. He is undeniably a winner and his record and trophy hauls in Portugal, England and Italy will likely silence anybody who wants to dispute his credentials but with the success comes the ‘baggage’.
The manner of his departure from Chelsea was less than friendly (leading me to question whether he could ever return to the Bridge with Abramovich still in charge), he had a love hate relationship in Italy and despite being in Spain for a relatively short time he already has a relationship with Jorge Valdano, Real Madrid’s General Director, that can be described as prickly at best.
I have seen some sections of fans that also oppose his appointment here because of the manner in which he brings the circus to town every time he joins a club. Invariably it always becomes the Jose Mourinho show, case in point being both Champions League finals he has appeared in where despite his team winning he has managed to steal the spotlight with his antics.
So at a club as big as United would these things be acceptable?
Success is a big price to pay if it means devaluing everything we as a club stand for so I ask would you be happy with Jose Mourinho being appointed as our manager?
Only time will tell his success with France, but i can definitely see him being a strong candidate.
Finally is the long shot, Owen Coyle. Some may gasp, but I think his play, man management and youthful development is exactly the type of manager we love. I don’t for one minute believe he will be picked but a one for the future type manager, he definitely fits that. He obviously needs to managing a better side to show his potential but he definitely has something about him.