Manchester United with no interest in Jose Mourinho
Man Utd have no plans to bring Mourinho to Old Trafford as Sir Ferguson’s successor, chief executive Gill has told the BBC.
After his shock exit from Chelsea, Mourinho said he hoped to return to the Premier League, but Gill scotched suggestions that could be at United.
We don’t need it and we don’t think it is appropriate, Gill told Radio 5live. We don’t want that kind of confusion.
Alex has a few years ahead of him, so succession plans aren’t on the agenda.
Mourinho left Chelsea earlier in the week after winning the Premier League twice in three seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Gill acknowledged the fine job that Mourinho had done at Chelsea but also talked up the role that Carlos Queiroz has played as Ferguson’s assistant.
As and when Alex decides to step down we will look at all possibilities, said Gill.
Mourinho is clearly a very successful coach – he has done well here in a relatively short period of time, but we don’t need that kind of interference in our club.
We have a great team managing United on the pitch at the moment and we see no reason to change that.
Ferguson, 65, is approaching his 21st year in charge at Old Trafford and is the most successful manager in British football, with his trophy haul including nine Premiership titles, five FA Cup wins and the 1999 Champions League.
Gill also said the Glazer family were not having any problem meeting the long-term repayments following the family’s takeover of the club in 2005.
Things are going very well, said Gill.
Because of the changes in the economics of the business, with the expansion of the stadium and the (new) television deal, both our revenues, and importantly, our cash profits will be up significantly.
Gill added that a long-term financing plan was put in place in 2006 to reduce the interest costs on the business.
Since then we have fixed the interest rates, we are moving forward, he said.
Our interest cover is excellent, and over time we will generate sufficient funds to make sure the business is on a sound financial footing, and continues to be so.
Gill also reinforced the Glazers’ commitment to the club.
The Glazers are long-term holders of the club.
If you look at their other investments, whether it be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or other business investments in the States, they have held them for many, many years.
They don’t need to sell, and don’t intend to sell.