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Former Man Utd Chairman Reveals His Choice For Fergie's Successor

Former Man Utd Chairman Reveals His Choice For Fergie's Successor

By SL International - Sep 02, 2017 11:58 AM

Sir Alex Ferguson was close to retiring in 2001, and Manchester United's former chairman has revealed who they wanted to replace the Scottish tactician.

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Ferguson informed the board that he wanted to retire from management at the end of the 2000-2001 season.

Martin Edwards, who was the chairman between 1980 and 2002, reveals Arsene Wenger was their first choice to replace Ferguson.

"I have to say that his decision came as both a surprise and a shock to all of us," Edwards told GQ magazine.

"Once we realised that he was very serious about it and that his mind was made up, there were lots of discussions at board level about a possible replacement.

"Our first choice was Arsene Wenger. Since joining Arsenal in 1996, Wenger had been pretty successful, especially in his first full season in charge when he won the double. And while it's true to say that he has suffered hard times since, at the time we all thought he was the best candidate to replace Alex. Certainly, he was my number one choice.

"Wenger did show a little bit of interest, enough to want to meet with both [former United chief executive] Peter Kenyon and me at his home in London to listen to what we had to say. In fact, we had a couple of meetings with him and for a while we thought there was a possibility of him joining us.

"But I think Wenger felt a loyalty towards [former Arsenal vice-chairman] David Dein. He was very close to David, and that was the reason he gave us in the end for turning down United. He felt that he had started something with Arsenal and that his attachment to the club was too great, he didn't want to break that bond."

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Do you think Wenger would have been successful had he replaced Ferguson at Man United? Have your say in the comment section below.



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Big E Fisherman Sep 04, 2017 10:23 AM
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It would have been the worst decision ever,aserne is stingy

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