Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich wants his old boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, to come out of retirement and take charge of the Australia national team, Sky
Ferguson retired at the end of the season after 26 years at Old Trafford while Australia are currently without a coach, having sacked Holger Osieck after the second of two consecutive 6-0 defeats, first against Brazil and then France. Australia have already qualified for the World Cup as runners-up in Group B of the fourth round of qualifying among the Asian confederation.
And Bosnich believes Ferguson is the ideal manager to take over for next year’s tournament, even though he and the 71-year-old Scot have not always gotten along. “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 said.
“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 continued, recommending his old boss despite a fraught relationship during his two spells at United.
Bosnich added that tempting Ferguson out of retirement would not be a cheap move, but one he feels is necessary. “ 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,” the former Aston Villa and Chelsea goalkeeper added.
Ferguson has some experience of international management, taking charge of Scotland at the 1986 World Cup following the sudden death of Jock Stein, but Scotland were eliminated at the group stage. Ferguson was still Aberdeen boss at the time.
Bosnich, meanwhile, played 33 games for United in two spells, the first in the early 1990s, the second a decade later, while also making more than 200 appearances for Villa and a handful of appearances for Chelsea. He won 17 caps for Australia and scored once, against the Solomon Islands in a 13-0 win in June 1997.
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