Mike Phelan claims he was running the show at Mancheter Unietd for the last five years.
Phelan was Sir Alex Fergusonâ€™s right hand man since replacing Carlos Queiroz in 2008, having been the clubâ€™s first team coach for the preceding seven years, but insists his responsibilities were more than that of an obedient understudy.
"With the way things have gone, my first thoughts are to be the boss, yeah. Itâ€™s the progression for me now. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been doing for the last five years, albeit with the title of assistant boss," Phelan told the Daily Mail.
"He [Ferguson] was the head of the establishment, thereâ€™s no doubt about it and rightly so. He didnâ€™t get to where heâ€™s got through not being a big decision maker but heâ€™ll be the first to admit that a lot of people played their part in that.
"We all were undercover in that respect. We werenâ€™t the face of what was going on but that was our job. Thereâ€™s no problem with that from my point of view. The blinkers are off now because Iâ€™m outside of all that."