Sir Alex Ferguson has addressed the process surrounding appointing his successor in 2013 and defended the decision to appoint David Moyes.
The retired Scot talks about a lack of viable alternatives, and goes into detail listing the names that came up in conversation when listing who could replace him after 26 years.
In his new book, Leading, Fergie writes:
I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didn’t and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013. We established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable.
It 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.
We also knew Jurgen Klopp was happy at Borussia Dortmund and would be signing a new contract. Louis van Gaal had undertaken to lead the Dutch attempt to win the 2014 World Cup.
Ferguson also back Ryan Giggs to become a top-level coach, adding:
He has intelligence, presence and knowledge. But there was ‘no chance’ that I would have asked any player to step into my shoes when I retired.