Real Madrid interested in United coach Queiroz
interested in United coach Queiroz
MADRID, June 24 (Reuters) - Real Madrid are
considering Manchester United's assistant manager Carlos Queiroz as a
replacement for dismissed coach Vicente del Bosque.
Queiroz, the former Portugal and South Africa boss, is number two to manager
Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and his appointment would make it easier for
England captain David Beckham to adapt to life at the Bernabeu.
"All I can tell you is that Carlos Queiroz is one of the people we are thinking
of," the Spanish champions' president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday.
"He has the profile we are interested in."
Real released Del Bosque and club captain Fernando Hierro on Monday, just 24
hours after the team had won the league title for the 29th time.
Beckham, who is on a promotional tour in Asia, was bought from Manchester United
for 35 million euros ($40.50 million) and is due to be presented by Real on July
A second raid on United would be a blow for Ferguson, who has been delighted
with the contribution of Mozambique-born Queiroz since he joined the club in
June last year.
"I think it was one of my best ever decisions, bringing him to the club,"
Ferguson told United's official website after the club clinched the premier
league title this year.
"He's been absolutely outstanding.
"He's been a real revelation and it's been an eye-opener in terms of some of his
preparation. He's so professional, so determined, he has great initiative about
Del Bosque took charge at Real in November 1999 and in less than four years
brought the club seven trophies, including two league titles and two European
Perez justified Del Bosque's dismissal by saying the 52-year-old was showing
signs of exhaustion. The president argued that the club needed a different style
"Del Bosque's profile is a traditional one," Perez told a news conference. "We're
looking for someone with more emphasis on tactics, strategy and physical
"We believe that the squad we are building would be more powerful with a coach
with a different character.
"Del Bosque was showing signs of exhaustion. I want to be sincere about this --
our belief that he was not the right coach for the future."