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'It's not impossible' to follow Ferguson
David Gill insisted last night that succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson was “not an impossible job” as Manchester United prepare to announce the appointment of David Moyes as their new manager today. Although Gill refused to be drawn on the identity of Ferguson’s successor, The Times understands that United will confirm that Moyes has been given the daunting task of succeeding the most successful British manager of all time. Ferguson announced his retirement yesterday morning after 26½ years at Old Trafford and the 71-year-old Scot will bring down the curtain on a glorious career on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season on May 19, when United face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in what will be his 1,500th game in charge of the club. Moyes, 50, whose contract with Everton expires this summer, will then be handed the reins as he bids to follow in the footsteps of a manager who has won 13 Premier League titles and two European Cups. The Everton manager travelled to London yesterday and was expected to have talks with Bill Kenwright, the chairman. Everton face a decision on whether to leave Moyes in charge for their final home game of the season, against West Ham United. “I don’t know if it’s the great unknown, but change always increases the element of risk,” Gill said. “Lots of jobs are deemed to be impossible. I don’t think it’s an impossible job, you are coming in with a very impressive support structure on and off the pitch in terms of the players and facilities."
The Mirror reports that Chelsea and Bayern Munich are showing an interest in bidding for Wayne Rooney, but a club spokesman has said: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale."
In further transfer speculation, the Daily Mail claims that United are 'close to securing the return of Cristiano Ronaldo'. The Mail speculates that Reds chief executive David Gill went to Madrid to discuss a deal with the player's agent, Jorge Mendes.