Manchester UTD are hoping to reanimate the corpse of Sir Matt Busby, according to chief executive Ed Woodward. The news comes during a week when another former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has also been linked with a return to Old Trafford.
“If the science is there, we’d be mad not to consider it,” Woodward told Soccer on Sunday. “The boffins are just trying to bottom out whether Sir Matt would be as he was, and not some manner of flesh-eating zombie.”
“If it’s the latter, we’ll probably leave it,” added Mr Woodward.
Busby would not be the first Premier League appointment from beyond the grave. Though unconfirmed, it is widely believed that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini died of a heart attack in 2008.
“I can’t comment on specific individuals,” FA Chairman Greg Dyke told Soccer on Sunday. “But in any given season, 2 or 3 Premier League managers are typically brown bread. It’s usually pretty obvious who they are.”
“I won’t insult anybody by suggesting that Avram Grant is alive,” added Mr Dyke.
Former captain Roy Keane believes UTD should be looking forward rather than backwards.
“Is this Old Trafford or Jurassic Park?” asked the Irishman. “Why are we talking about bringing things back from the dead? Can we not cast an eye over candidates who are alive before we think about ramming the gates of a graveyard in a JCB?”