He told the Telegraph: ''He was a great friend. One day he rang to say I should do what's best for me and the team and not worry about anything else because there would always be a job for me in Manchester. That gave me strength. In life sometimes you need to be sure you can use three words - yes, maybe and no.
"Sometimes as coaches we only have yes and maybe. Alex's phone call helped me to keep my spine straight. So, although I was offered extremely well-paid jobs, one in England and the other in Spain, I didn't hesitate when he invited me back."
Queiroz added: 'I'm here on a mission to repay a debt to Alex, but to be in charge - that's the reason everybody works. When it's the right time to make a decision, I'll do it."