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Fergie hopes for long wait

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Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:48:00

Several Southampton players will be looking for a recall to the starting line-up when struggling QPR visit St Mary's on Saturday.

Gaston Ramirez and Jason Puncheon both came off the bench in last weekend's 4-2 loss at Newcastle and will be hoping to regain starting berths.

Jose Fonte was also named among the substitutes at St James' Park - his first involvement since sustaining a knee injury in the FA Cup tie against Chelsea on January 5.

Recent signing Vegard Forren is still waiting for his debut.

For QPR, manager Harry Redknapp will check on the fitness of Esteban Granero after the Argentine midfielder was forced off through injury at half-time against Manchester United last week.

Loic Remy made his comeback from a groin strain against Sir Alex Ferguson's men as a second-half substitute.

Remy could be in contention for a starting place against Southampton to replace Bobby Zamora, who is out after hurting his ankle against United.

In an extensive interview with the new twentyfour7 magazine, Ferguson outlined his plan for the future.

"There's no getting rid of me. I will probably become a director," he said.

"Nobody knows. Neither do I. It won't be a doctor that tells me to quit."

Speaking to the wider media ahead of the Premier League encounter with Norwich at Old Trafford, Ferguson expanded on his theories, arguing that the Red Devils are working towards what he believes is the "brilliant" Bayern Munich model by installing Sir Bobby Charlton as a director and a number of former players - including Peter Schmeichel, Andy Cole and Gary Neville - as ambassadors.

"That's a long time away (being a director at the club), I hope," he said.

"The role Bobby Charlton has played at the club has been fantastic.

"He has been a tremendous support to the manager and a lot of the players.

"I think Bayern Munich is the perfect model.

"It's no problem having a replica of that for this club who have had so many great players over the years and who are now ambassadors now like Andy Cole, Bryan Robson, Peter Schmeichel.

"There are quite a few of them here now and that's a role we should be using as well."

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