By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how Pep Guardiola ignored his attempts to lure him to Manchester United before the club appointed David Moyes.
As United set their sights on a successor to Ferguson at the end of the 2012-13 season, Ferguson pinpointed Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp, Louis van Gaal as well as Moyes as capable of stepping into his shoes.
The Scot told United chief executive David Gill and the Glazer family who own the club in March 2013 that he would retire at the end of the campaign.
“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,” wrote Ferguson in his new book about management, Leading. “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 does not accept that the process to appoint Moyes was at fault despite his fellow Scot having a disastrous season at the helm before being sacked.
“Once I’d conveyed it to the Glazers, then the process started of looking for successors. We chose David Moyes. He had been consistent in his job at Everton, had a good spell there — 11 years and showed appetite. No one knew apart from the Glazers, David Gill and myself. When we appointed him, the press were enthusiastic for a British manager. Unfortunately, somehow it didn’t work out for David. The process was perfect. It was a good process.”