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Fergie Brings Stability… And We Can Progress Without Carlos

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?

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  1. Stephen says:

    Personally yes, as I have said in a previous post we need to be dipping our rods into different ponds, and a foreign Assistant will be able to have a inner knowledge of either the European, African or the South American markets.
    I am not sure what bar knowledge of the club that Phelan brings to the party, he is already there and is happy, so someone looking at the club with new eyes might be bennefical.

  2. North Stand,Tier 3,Back Row says:

    I agree. I must say I felt a little surprised and disappointed that Mike Phelan got the job. Like you, I think its great we have so many ex players around the backroom staff, and long may it continue. But the one thing I thought of when the news broke, is that no one is more closely involved in all this than Sir Alex. He knows what the job entails, what Mike Phelan is capable of, and all the rest, and if he feels that Mike is right for the job at this time, well thats good enough for me. And at least we can give the old classic “we’ve got that Micky Phelan” (to be sung to the tune of “you’ve lost that loving feeling”) another blast. Best of luck Mike…

  3. gblegend says:

    As good a job Phelan has done I think we should have looked outside for a replacement for Queiroz. This is purely based on the thinking that fresh blood would bring new and innovative ideas whihch would stimulate the players and the coaching staff. I don’t think its a monumental error but an error none the less.

  4. Wiggsman says:

    Totally disagree – Very rarely do Assistant Managers/coaches step up and make top class 1st team managers – doesnt mean that we couldnt break the mold but life after Fergie will be a huge moment for the club. I believe that we will need to find someone outside the club who hasnt sat in the shadow of Fergie and will come in and be his own man, not completely different, but someone in the Man Utd mold with his own ideas/views. Therfore Mike Phelan for now provides the stability and coaching skills that will keep us on track, and maybe the experience and knowledge to assist a new manager joining. Mourinho kept Steve Clarke ex-chelsea player, doesnt mean everything but obv there is value in keeping it within the club.

    Personally I didnt see CQ being our manager and to be honest wouldnt want him. I want British or someone who has been involved in British football: Martin O’Neil, Keano?

  5. denton davey says:

    I don’t know Mike Phelan; never met the man.

    More to the point, what this team needs is continuity – as in, continuing to dominate both the EPL and CL to follow up last year’s amazing double. Thus, I really don’t get this fascination with “foreign” coaches. The game is not that complicated, don’t ya know ! On the other hand, keeping the squad happy – especially with limited opportunities for guys who could be starters (or even stars) elsewhere – seems to me to be the key responsibility of the management team. SAF knows Mr Phelan very well and if he is convinced that Phelan is good for the job then who am I to question the judgement of the old footie knight of the realm ? SAF has had a lot of different assistants but he has been the constant – and the key to the quite amazing run of success that UTD has enjoyed since the inception of the EPL.

  6. United-Red says:

    I would be interested to hear what you thought about the criticism Queiroz received whilst at Old Trafford? Fergie would regularly rave about Carlos when he didn’t get much praise from the United faithful – usually blamed for United adopting a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation, which didn’t go down to well.

    The game that sticks in my mind is the 2-1 home defeat to Blackburn.

    I like Queiroz. I thought he was an excellent assistant that will do a good job with Portugal, regardless of his experience with Madrid. I think you should give Phelan more of a chance though – he would have also picked up a great deal from Queiroz and we’ll never know unless we give him a chance. I don’t think we had to get someone from abroad OR a potential manager when the gaffer leaves.

    I’m sure Queiroz and Fergie will exchange ideas regularly – but he has and will be missed.

  7. S. Ahmed says:

    The thing which amazed me about Quieroz wa that SAF invested time and energy into redefining his OWN vision of the game with Quieroz’s input.

    SAF can be extrememly stubborn, so despite the criticism Quieroz anfd SAF got for not playing 4-4-2 we now see the fruits of their transformation of our footballing methods.

    I gues back then it was hard by not correcting the forumla, but you have to begin somewhere and quieroz’s input was vital.

    SAF knows!

  8. Jimmy The Weed says:

    I was a bit disappointed too. As it has been pointed out here though, Fergie knows best and a billion times more than I ever will. As long as Phelan inspires the players, he will be a great appointment, but he doesn’t inspire me (he’d be gutted to know! lol)

  9. suhayl says:

    Bad moves…both lack charisma and quality….fresh face would have been good. Stephens comments spot on. Compare CQ’s cv to that of phelan. And the glaring chasm between them becomes so evident it gets worrying.

    But even though many a fan arent happy…we will have to trust SAF on this dodgy call

  10. Stephen says:

    He certainly didn’t inspire me as a player!!

  11. suhayl says:

    true stephen… below average joe of a player at best..average coach at best

  12. Stephen says:

    I agree suhayl, there are lots of coaches out there who offer something different, continuity surely isn’t a prerequisite for a pointing him?

  13. suhayl says:

    Personally i think SAF couldnt be asked…with big games coming up, the prolonged berba deal..crunch time in clge to start soon…dips and rentboys in the space of a week. He probs thought sod it…im not chasing someone all round europe and spending so much time and effort ala the berbs striker deal. So went for the easy option.

    Pako ( dips former assistant ) or bento from porto would have been my option. Guys who can speak different languages, european know how and input, tactical awareness, clge nouse etc etc. I mean c’mon it doesnt take rocket science to know the FA are throwing mills into coaching programmes + sending our english coaches out to the continent to learn technical tactical know how. Cause we are lightyears behind. I mean whens the last time an english coach ever won owt of note.

    Phelan wont inspire the players…and i personally dont think they respect him that much too. It took a guy like CQ who found the portugese golden generation ” figo, cost, couto, costa etc’ who then worked for the national team, then south africa, then saudi…learnt his trade all over the world, speaks 9 languages. And who has scouting prowess like no other…which utd fan had manucho, nani and anderson lied up pre last year. He did all that + his input in our wins v barca roma were invaluable.

    Now compare that to phelan….I think SAF will have to hold his hand.

    Continuity important dont get me wrong. But the sole criteria to get the 2nd biggest job in english football??? = NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  14. Kalpesh(Red devil) says:

    Its English mentality to think that outsider is better at doing a job than lesser known home grown talent , so please give the new no 2 some time…

  15. Tom F says:

    Maybe this is a way to see Carlos Quieroz come back to manage our Club in two or three years time?


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