Working under Sir Alex Ferguson has granted many former footballers a rite of passage into the management game they might not have otherwise stood a chance of breaking into.
When Paul Ince, Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are considered some of the most successful of the 28 Fergie fledglings to move into the dugout, it would suggest the master didn’t share too many of his secrets.
Among those who do tend to do well, however, are centre-backs schooled under the legendary Scot, which is why Red Devils fans should be excited following Jaap Stam’s revelations that he hopes to take the Old Trafford hot seat at some point in the future.
The uncompromising Dutchman is currently coaching the Ajax under-21 team, but has informed De Godenzonen he’ll quit his post in the summer as he looks to cut his teeth in the senior industry.
Speaking with regards to his managerial aspirations, Stam told the Daily Mail: ‘If I develop and do well, hopefully I can get back in a role for United.’
While he might not necessarily do well enough to land such a prestigious gig, the precedent set by fellow former Red Devil centre-backs in management suggests he’ll do alright.
The most successful of all the gaffers to have been guided by Fergie is undoubtedly Laurent Blanc.
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Another who featured prominently in our run down was Henning Berg.
Akin to Blanc and Stam, Berg too was an international centre-back, having represented Norway 100 times.
In charge of Legia Warsaw, he won the Polish league in 2013/14 and claimed the cup the following year, recording a win percentage of 61.67 up until the termination of his contract.
Steve Bruce is a third ex-Sir Alex stopper turned shot caller. His CV includes a few promotions with City’s Birmingham and Hull, while he also took the latter to the FA Cup final.
Their records are excellent when compared to most of the managers who represented United in their playing days, the majority of whom are no longer working the circuit and it all bodes well for Stam’s prospects.