Sir Alex Ferguson decided David O’Leary, Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill as their guy Utd successors in 2000 if he quit

MANCHESTER UNITED may have had Martin O’Neill, Alan Curbishley or David O’Leary as their supervisor within the 2000.

Sir Alex Ferguson recommended three managers to take over from him at Man Utd in 2000

The year trio were Sir Alex Ferguson’s picks if he had decided to leave Old Trafford at the turn of the century.

3Sir Alex Ferguson recommended three managers to take over from him at Man Utd in 2000

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Celtic chief Dermot Desmond revealed the trio had been eyed as replacements for the legend.

At the time O’Leary, 62, was Premier that is managing League guys Leeds while Curbishley and O’Neill had been mind coaches at Charlton and Leicester.

And Desmond told The Athletic he agreed to increase Ferguson’s wage by 50 % with Scottish leaders Celtic in 1997.

However the Red Devils boss’ wish to win the Champions League saw him stay with all the Manchester leaders.

And the Old Trafford part continued to fully capture the trophy 2 yrs later on.

Desmond, 70, apparently returned to Ferguson a couple of years later on to enquire as to whom the manager that is glasgow-born choose to replace him at United.

He said there were three people: Dave O’Leary, Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill

Dermot Desmond

And Ferguson, 79, told the tycoon that is irish had identified O’Leary, Curbishley and O’Neill.

The latter would eventually secure the manager that is celtic job thanks to a meeting with the club’s then directors – Brian Quinn and Pat Sheehy – which came about through Ferguson’s input.

Alan Curbishley was also eyed as a possible Manchester United coach and Ferguson replacement

Desmond said: “In 2000, I went back and asked him it be if he was to pick his replacement at that time who would.

3Alan Curbishley ended up being additionally eyed as a Manchester that is possible United and Ferguson replacement

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“He said there were three people: Dave O’Leary, Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill.

“I said the one I’m interested in is Martin O’Neill.

“I had previously asked a broadcaster that is prominent Martin will be enthusiastic about the work and I also got a reply within the negative.

“I then asked Alex if he’d meet with me, and the response was that he would be very interested in meeting if he would speak with Martin, to see.

“So I met Martin for dinner and we got on very well. I introduced him to Pat and Brian and they also felt he was a individual that is remarkable therefore we hired Martin.”

Having captured two League Cups with Leicester in 1997 and 2000, O’Neill continued to win three trophies in only over 11 months after their arrival at Celtic.

David O'Leary led Leeds United to the Champions League semis after being eyed as a potential Old Trafford manager

And the 69-year-old and their group won three Scottish Premiership games with a group boasting movie stars Henrik that is including Larsson Chris Sutton.

3David O’Leary led Leeds United to the Champions League semis after being eyed as a Old that is potential trafford

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But neither he nor O’Leary or Curbishley, 63, had the ability to match Ferguson’s trophy-winning record.

However the Northern Irishman became probably the most effective regarding the three.

He continued to handle Sunderland and Aston Villa along with doing a five-year management that is international with the Republic of Ireland.

His most managerial that is recent ended up being with Nottingham Forest with all the Championship club sacking the advisor simply five months to the task.

Elsewhere, O’Leary’s tenure with Leeds stumbled on a conclusion in 2002 with all the Gunners that is former player the Elland Road club to reach the semis of the Champions League.

And Curbishley’s 15-year stint at Charlton finished 2006 after he helped the club secure promotion in 1998.

It’s reported the managerial trio were identified prior to the succession that is eventual set up for Ferguson with David Moyes landing the work as their United replacement.

However the Everton that is former boss 57, that is now in control of western Ham, lasted simply eight months within the Old Trafford hotseat before being sacked in 2014.

United completed 7th within the league within the 2013-14 period.

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