With Rene Meulensteen taking on the new role as First Team Coach, filling the shoes of Mike Phelan who was promoted to Assistant Manager, he believes Sir Alex Ferguson has made the right decision in trusting in stability and continuity when appointing the two men.
“Part of the success at Manchester United over the years is related to the stability and continuity at the club which the manager brings himself,” Rene said. “I think Sir Alex had a good look to see how the partnership with myself would work and whether it would be a good idea. When things start to kick in with the league with games etc, I think he saw enough to decide not to bring anyone else in.”
I cannot deny the importance in sticking with proven members of staff. I love that we still have people like Sir Bobby Charlton, Brian McClair, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Bryan Robson on our books, and look forward to the day when Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville take up other positions at the club.
However, I still find the decision to appoint Phelan questionable. The new assistant should have been someone with the merits backing them to be the next United manager, not a former player who has limited experience in coaching outside of United.
Our former assistant was deemed talented enough to take on the position of Portugal manager, and that is the calibre of man we should have brought in. Rene has reflected on the good work of Carlos Queiroz, stating it is necessary to carry on with the methods he implemented.
“We must realise the good things that Carlos has put in place here,” he added. “We need to carry that on but maybe put our own identity on to things to ensure we keep progressing as a club.”
Do you think we should have looked outside of coaching staff for the assistant job?