Man Utd chief Gill: Ferguson will have say on successor
Ferguson, 68, will have served 24 years in the job come November in a reign of unprecedented success that has seen him win 34 trophies – including 11 League titles and two European Cups.
Gill told the Independent: "Alex is on a rolling [one-year] contract. He is doing well, he is happy and he has a good staff who he works very closely with. He delegates well. So while he continues to have that health and support he will continue. When he decides he wants to retire he will have a word with me and say 'The end of this season or next season'.
"We would work with him in terms of identifying a replacement. In terms of criteria we will sit down and say 'What attributes must a manager have?' Lots of things come into that. British or European? What experience they have, languages, all that sort of thing as well as their track record.
"The final decision won't be [one person saying] 'Right, we are having him'. It will be discussed with Alex, [Sir] Bobby Charlton and the owners. I think Alex will be the key. He knows people. He will have a big role in advising and being a sounding board. I am sure we will talk with the owners and look at who is there and determine who we would like to appoint.
"It would be remiss of us not to use the expertise and knowledge that we have [in the club]. I think it will be quite a close [guarded] thing within the club to determine what kind of person. Alex has been very successful and another thing you have to understand is the culture of Manchester United. How we operate both on the football side and the non-football side – all that will have to be thought through [in relation to his successor]."