Fergie hopes for long wait

Several Southampton players will be looking for a recall to the

starting line-up when struggling QPR visit St Mary’s on


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


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


“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


“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.”