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Fergie eyes United directorship upon quiting


FERGIECITYLONDON, England, March 1- Sir Alex Ferguson has said he is keen on becoming a director at Old Trafford when he finally decides to quit management.

The 71-year-old Manchester United boss said that he is determined to stay at the club after initially intimating that he would step away.

‘There’s no getting rid of me. I’ll probably become a director,’ said Ferguson, speaking the new magazine twentyfour7 Football.

‘Nobody knows (my retirement date), neither do I. It won’t be a doctor that tells me to quit!’

As for his successor, he added: ‘They’ll ask me but I think it’ll be a club decision, not mine. With the structure we have here, it can’t be an impossible job.

Former United defender Viv Anderson has rejected the idea that Ferguson might be tempted to step down this summer, even if they win the Champions League and Premier League.

Anderson, who played under Ferguson from 1987-91, said: ‘There is no chance that Sir Alex will retire this summer. He loves the club. He lives and breathes it.’

In his wide ranging interview, the United boss also discussed his deliberate decision to use his former players among his staff.

The likes of Nicky Butt and Brian McClair are already involved, and Ferguson has backed Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher to follow suit.

He added: ‘Looking at my present crop, it’s difficult, but the likes of Giggs and Scholes wil be part of the structure here. Darren Fletcher is a long term possibility, and Nicky Butt is with the reserves.

‘We try to get as many former players in the set-up as we can, we’ve got a good back up.

‘We look ahead because that is succession planning in terms of structure – they’ve the experience of being at the club, being a player here, knowing what it takes to be a winner.’