Laurent Blanc – Could he succeed Sir Alex?

Posted: March 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s one of the most pressing questions in the game today. After 24 success-laden years at Manchester United, who could possibly come into replace Sir Alex Ferguson when he finally decides to retire?

After 11 Premier League titles, 2 European Cup’s, 5 F.A Cup’s, 4 League Cup’s and a host of other trophies, it will undisputedly be one of the most difficult jobs for a manager to undertake.

An array of illustrious names have been linked with the task over the years. Jose Mourinho, Marcello Lippi, Fabio Capello, Pep Guardiola, as well as countless outside bets ranging from David Moyes to Martin O’Neil to Old Trafford legends such as Steve Bruce and Roy Keane.

One man I’d like to see take on the monumentally formidable job in the future is Laurent Blanc.

Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc = Really Relaxed Bloke

One of the finest defenders of his generation who graced Europe’s top clubs, including Marseille, Internazionale, Barcelona and finally Manchester United has demonstrated his managerial credentials with Bordeaux. After guiding Les Girondins to second place following his appointment in June 2007, he accomplished the seemingly impossible in displacing the ever-dominant Olympique Lyonnais at the summit of Ligue 1 last season, ending their dominance of the league which stretched back 7 years. Not bad for a team that includes David Bellion.

This season he has taken things further, overseeing Bordeaux’s progression in the Champions League, easily finding their way through a group which included the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus. Victory over Olympiacos last week resulted in a tie against old foes Olympique Lyonnais being drawn for the quarter finals, with the prospect of a return to Old Trafford in the semi finals on the horizon.

Bordeaux’s transformation under a very modest budget is down to Blanc’s ingenuity and craft as a manager. The improvement in Yoann Gourcuff, who has developed into one of Europe’s most prodigious young talents can also be attributed to Blanc’s tutelage.

For Manchester United fans, his arrival as a player in 2001 came slightly too late to see the best of him as a player. Don’t rule out a second coming.

  1. tonymogan says:

    Watch the video, whatever you do. One of the best goals you will see.

  2. Laurent Blanc was one of the best defenders at his time and now he is doing very well at Bordeaux, considering it’s his first crack as a manager. Bordeaux are even in the QF in the Champions Leaugue, very good for a Europa League team. It would be very hard for Ferguson to leave, considering the things he has achieved with United. It will be very hard to digest, but never the less a person like Blanc can continue Ferguson’s legacy.

  3. While Lauren Blanc has had a fantastic start to his managerial career, I think the United job may too big for him this early in his career. The French League is decent, but to take on the biggest job, in the best league in the world is a completely different kettle of fish. My guess is Fergy will stay another 3 or 4 years and I wouldnt be surprised if Mourinho is his successor.

  4. tonymogan says:

    It would be suprising to see us go for him after just 2 years in management, fantastic record aside. But he’s someone I’d like to see do it somewhere down the line. He’s said in an interview before that he would like to have a successful run as manager in France, move abroad and have more success there before settling down as France manager afterwards.

    Mourinho must still be the favourite. If he wins the CL with Inter this year I can see him jumping ship to Real Madrid if the opportunity arose.

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