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22nd Sep, 2015 | 11:45am

Sir Alex Ferguson disciple on course to eclipse Manchester United legend

No fewer than 28 footballers to play under Sir Alex Ferguson during the Manchester United legend’s 27 years at Old Trafford have gone on to careers in management.
The Glaswegian releases ‘Leading’, a book that promises to ‘investigate the pivotal leadership decisions of an astonishing career’ on September 22nd.
Ferguson’s treatise has long since topped the Amazon best-sellers list on pre-orders alone, with countless would-be supremos hoping to benefit from his wisdom.
Its readers will never profit from the kind of front-row seat enjoyed by those who played under the great man during his spectacular career at Old Trafford.
But just how positive an influence was he on his former players’ subsequent dugout destinies? And are any on course to emulate or eclipse his incredible achievements?
Despite the failure of high-profile former United stars such as Steve Bruce or Mark Hughes to get their hands on silverware during long-standing careers, fellow former Ferguson stars have claimed a very impressive cache of league titles and domestic cups.
In fact, so successful has one of their number been that, in terms of average trophies won per year, he is on course to overtake the great man’s unparalleled career haul… in around 18 years.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc is a mere eight years into his managerial career, but he already boasts a win percentage that not even Sir Alex can hold a candle to.
As the above graphic shows, he has been gaining trophies at a superior yearly rate to Ferguson, despite punctuating a club career that began at Bordeaux (whom he led to the French double in 2008/09), with two glory-free years in charge of France.
Blanc was first mooted as a potential successor to the Scot in 2010 and was the subject of praise for the way in which he rebuilt a fractious French squad by his former Old Trafford mentor in 2012.
Should he continue to accumulate silverware at his current pace, the man they call ‘Le President’ should pass his former manager’s 39-bauble benchmark in 19 years time.
That such a feat of sustained achievement seems so ridiculous is testament to the Manchester United legend’s incredible longevity.
Blanc has already been linked to the United hotseat on numerous occasions, most recently last season, but he remains as long as 100/1 to succeed Louis van Gaal at the Red Devils’ helm.
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