Ferguson: Director role long way off

Sir Alex Ferguson says it will be a while before he becomes a director but admits Manchester United may copy Bayern Munich’s "perfect model".

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 that are now ambassadors like Andy Cole, Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel.

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