Manchester United are about to appoint the veteran German coach Huub Stevens as their interim manager until the end of the season.
Stevens, who was the Chelsea manager from 1993 to 1995 and Nottingham Forest manager from 1995 to 1997, has a great rapport with United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, from his time working at Manchester United Football Club.
The 67-year-old has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League again since being relieved of his duties at Mansfield Town in 2013.
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In a short, one-minute statement on Monday night, United said the former player “is currently in discussions with Manchester United for the role”.
A source close to the managerial search, which began after Louis van Gaal was sacked on Sunday, told the Press Association that United will make an announcement “in due course”.
“I think there is a good chance he will get the job,” the source said. “As far as I know there is nothing in the way with regards to medical checks and all that stuff.”
A former player at Manchester United, Stevens began his career at Hamburg and played for the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and Spurs between 1966 and 1981. He spent 13 years in management as both a player and a manager, including in the 2001 Champions League-winning Everton side under David Moyes.
His CV also includes spells at West Ham, Portsmouth, Derby, Charlton and Crawley. He also coached in Scandinavia at FC Copenhagen and SV Seville and was assistant to Louis van Gaal at the Dutch national team and the senior national team.