Former Manchester United Midfielder Quinton Fortune Targets Manager Job

Quinton Fortune has revealed his “ultimate dream” is to become Manchester United‘s manager one day. The 43-year-old played for the club between 1999 and 2006 and recently became the assistant manager of the U23’s side. Speaking to the club’s official podcast, the ex-United man said he wants to follow in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s footsteps.

Former Manchester United Midfielder Quinton Fortune Targets Manager Job

Promoting From Within

Fortune’s inspiration for his dream comes from other former players who have joined the club’s staff. Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the reserve team manager after retirement, whilst Nicky Butt also became involved. Butt now serves as United’s Head of Youth Development. Michael Carrick is involved in senior coaching too. The former deep-lying-playmaker works under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a first-team coach.

All this is to say that Manchester United are eager to promote people that have previously represented the club. These characters serve as a reminder to the players of the club’s successful past. Consequently, Fortune fancies his chances of realising his dream one day.

Fortune Wants ‘Highest Level’

Whilst Quinton Fortune was never considered at the highest level on the pitch, he is determined to be there on the touchline. Other players outshone him but he is eager to make his managerial career is successful in its own right.

Asked by Manchester United’s official podcast about his plans, Fortune answered: “I thought about that question yesterday for some reason and my first thought was to become the manager of Manchester United. That’s my dream.

“Of course, I’m starting now with the U23s and I’m learning a lot and I want to learn as much as possible because management changes so much in the game today.

“I may have to go out and learn somewhere else and become a manager. But the dream, the ultimate dream, is to come back and be the manager of Manchester United.”

Fortune’s ambition may seem lofty to some, however, all managers deserve a chance. More importantly, all managers need an aim. Fortune realises he needs to seek further experience and it is likely he will begin at a much lower level. He is currently working towards his UEFA ‘Pro’ License, which will allow him to manage at the top level.

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