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Manchester United chief executive David Gill has revealed that Carlos Queiroz is 'very much in the frame' to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager at Old Trafford.

On Sunday, Ferguson confirmed that he will step down as United boss within the next three years.

And Gill has explained that assistant manager Queiroz, who first joined the club in 2002, could be in the running to succeed the highly successful Scot as the club look to reap the benefits of appointing from within.

"We haven't discussed that (Ferguson's exit)," Gill told BBC Radio Five Live. "I think his guiding principle over whether he stays is whether he is healthy and still has the desire, which I'm sure he will have.

"It's still three-and-a-half years away; we will look at it at that time."

Asked about planning for Ferguson's successor, Gill added: "We are making sure our squad is continually reviewed and improved as necessary and the age of the squad is right so that, when Alex does decide to retire, anyone taking over has a fantastic squad with the right age profile.

"We also have an assistant manager who will be very much in the frame in Carlos Queiroz.

"He's clearly a key part of our success. If you look at what Liverpool achieved in their very successful years during the '70s and '80s (that) was through internal appointments.

"Carlos is a key factor in all the success we've achieved over the last couple of seasons."
 

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carlos is a good number 2 and great coach . i doubt he would be a good manager for us . brian kidd was a first rate number 2 and coach but didnt cut it as a boss and he is similar to carlos for me . how do we ever replace the best manager football has ever seen ?
 

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by getting roy keane through the door after he has made uefa cup hopefulls, i really do believe it's there for keane to pick the club up after fergie goes, and i think they should give fergie a big part into who the next manager is
 

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i'd prefer hughes. but at least carlos knows fergies tactics after having worked with him for many years
be good to have hughes at no.2 if queiroz takes the reigns at O.T, He has done a good job at blackburn since he took charge back in 2004 :cool:
 

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it would be prefect if keane or hughes can come back as the manager, with queiroz willing to continue as an assistant manager.
but ideal situation are rare.
 

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i would be happy for him to replace SAF, i have alot of respect for him and i am very glad of his connections from portugal...
 
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