Former Manchester United coach slams club chiefs for failing to prepare for Sir Alex Ferguson exit
Rene Meulensteen has actually implicated Manchester United of failing to prepare effectively for the departure of legendary supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson.
Meulensteen belonged to Ferguson’s training team at United when the club’s most effective manager decided to retire in 2013.
The Scot left the club at the top of English football, having directed them to a 13th Premier League crown under his tutelage, and a 20th top-flight title overall – more than any other club.
However United have actually stopped working to win the league given that Ferguson’s departure, and have likewise found themselves out of the Champions League.
Meulensteen confessed he had no concept Ferguson was about to stop, saying the decision came as a shock to him.
And Meulensteen says United chiefs should take the blame for the club’s steady decrease given that Ferguson left.
” I wasn’t knowledgeable about it, like many others and after that certainly the news broke,” stated the 56-year-old Dutchman.
” I still remember getting text messages from someone saying ‘it holds true’ – and I still had no idea what he was on about.
” Then certainly we got pulled in the next day, think it was a Wednesday, and the supervisor told us that he ‘d made the choice to retire at the end of the season.
” Yeah it did come as a little bit of a surprise, since not long prior to that we ‘d took a seat with all the staff talking about the new pre-season. And I was fully focused on the day-to-day of the job.
” It was undoubtedly a pity, however Sir Alex had all the right to reveal his retirement when he desired as he wasn’t getting any younger.
” But he was such an important person within the club and what the club had actually constructed under his assistance over 26 years. That is really difficult to change. It was never going to be the very same.
” And it’s easy to say in hindsight that things might have been done differently, but you would believe, for a club the size of Manchester United, that they would have considered it thoroughly to have an actually good contingency plan in place.
” Could it have been done in a different way with phasing his resignation in over the period of a couple of seasons?
” There were 2 ways to handle it from my point of view.
” One was to do it from within and make Sir Alex quite a part of his own departure and look inside the club that he thought could be brought to the fore with time.
” That would have suggested you kept the very same culture and utilized individuals who comprehend the philosophy, and keep the stability and connection of the club. That was one track they might have gone for.
” The other track was bringing somebody in from outdoors, which means modification and probably indicates it will have an impact on the club. It was undoubtedly up to the powers-that-be at the club, who made that choice.”