Sir Alex Ferguson urges next manager to be himself

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the field at the final whistle after beating West Ham 1-0 during the FA Cup third round replay on January 16, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson says that Manchester United's next manager must not try to change his approach and instead must change the club.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that whoever succeeds him at Manchester United must implement his own philosophy within the club.

The 71-year-old, who has been at the helm since 1986, said that managers who change their approach after landing a big job rarely succeed.

"The other most important thing [about the job] is don't change who you are," the Scot told twentyfour7.

"It happens, you see it time and time again - a manager comes in and tries to change himself. Your job is not to change you, it's to change what you're taking over.

"Change the team, the philosophy of a football club to your philosophy. Never change who you are. That really will hold you in good stead, simply because the players understand what you are, who you are."

Ferguson has won 12 Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford.

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson applauds his team after winning 3-1 against Sunderland on December 15, 2012
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