Ferguson has no plans to retire

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that he has no plans to retire from the Old Trafford hotseat, and has admitted that the club needs someone very experienced to take over from him when he does finally call it a day.

The Scottish manager is coming up to his 70th birthday at the end of the year, and will have been in charge at the Premier League champions for 25 years come November.

When asked who the man to fill his boots was at a press conference in Italy, Fergie said it needs to be someone with a thorough track record, but that it won’t be for a while yet.

“Over the years I’ve had the question who do I think could replace me? Now in those years, some of the coaches they were talking about to replace me don’t have jobs anymore,” he told reporters.

“So it becomes very difficult because someone who I think has potential may be sacked by his club and disappear. I think you would need someone very experienced in the long term. But I have absolutely no idea… first of all, I’m not retiring,” he confirmed.

Manchester United have started the 2011-12 season with an unbeaten three games, and take on Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.