Sir Alex Ferguson is being touted by former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich as the best man to lead Australia in next summer’s World Cup final in Brazil.
The Australian national team fondly called the Socceroo’s is without a coach following the sacking of German manager Holger Osieck after back to back defeats against Brazil and France the latest of which was last week’s 6-0 humiliation to the French.
Bosnich who used to play for Ferguson at United believes that the Australian Football Federation should do all they can to get the 71-year-old Scotsman to come out of retirement and lead Australia in next summer World Cup finals.
“We’ve been throwing around a lot of names but there’s one person that I haven’t heard mentioned – even though I’ve got more reason than anyone not to suggest him,” Bosnich, who suffered a difficult relationship with Ferguson during his second spell at Old Trafford, told Triple M radio station.
“I’m just being honest and have had experience under him, so know what he’s like – it is Sir Alex Ferguson.
“That name hasn’t been put about, but we need someone of that ilk.
“He (Ferguson) would command a top whack, but in life, and especially in sport, you get what you pay for. If you want the very best, you’re going to have to pay for the best.”
Ferguson surprisingly retired from football last summer after leading Manchester United to yet another Premier League title after being in charge of the Red Devils for 26-years, a feat that will be hard to imagine any manager achieving these days in our result driven society.
The Scot has been in charge of a national team before when he stepped in to take over the reins at Scotland following the sudden death of then manager Jock Stein in 1986, but failed to help lead the tartan army out of the group stage.
While Bosnich makes a good choice for Ferguson to become Australia’s next manager I find it difficult to imagine that Sir Alex would even contemplate a move being quite happy in his retirement even though it is thought that he still tells new United manager David Moyes what to do from behind the scenes.
Australia will have to look hard for a coach that is willing to take on a thankless job, as the current Australian side look as though in their present state to be the whipping boys during next summer in Brazil.