Date: 6th September 2010 at 4:28pm
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It`s a question that refuses to go away and the list of candidates, when drawn up, may well contain some debatable names.

However, looking back to 2001/2002, when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his impending retirement, a decision he later back-tracked on, one name in the frame was th ecrrent Swiss coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld.

Ahead of the European Championship qualifier with England, this Tuesday, Hitzfeld, has enlightened us to the fact that although approached he wasn`t the man for the job, revealing in a tabloid interview,

“I don`t want to go into too many details because it was between myself and Manchester United. But I decided to stay in Germany because when I am coaching I prefer to use my mother tongue.”

“I didn`t think I would be able to do myself justice if I had to speak to players in English.”

“I would not be able to get my emotions and feelings across, and that is important as a coach.”


An honest statement, although you have to ask if that is the case how come other foreigners, Mourinho and Ancelotti, have managed so well!

When the day comes for Sir Alex to finally step aside, who do you reckon might be in the frame to take over?

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