Advocaat’s leaf from Fergie’s chequebook

Among managers of relentless ambition, the constant quest for progress is never likely to be satisfied by the mere winning 0 celine a scene 75 cleveland of a championship. As Sir Alex Ferguson demonstrated with his £16.5 million capture of Ruud van Nistelrooy from PSV last Thursday night, even six titles in eight seasons is not sufficient to extinguish the flame.

Manchester United’s reason for investing in the 23-year-old Dutch striker at a time when most observers would have thought Ferguson should be paying attention to his defence is an indicator of his capacity for looking into the future and preparing the ground for challenges yet to come – and to be repelled.

Ferguson is aware that Teddy Sheringham is 34 and unlikely to remain at Old Trafford beyond this season and that Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke are both approaching 29. Young strikers of international quality are a very rare commodity and Ferguson, with his plunge, has ensured that $4200 celine nwt new 2017 medium clasp frame handbag black sleek calfskin bag the strength of a crucial position in the team has been secured for some years – beyond, even, his own retirement in 2002.

In the past decade, Rangers have been even more prolific than the English champions, but their 11 league triumphs from the last 12 are virtually meaningless in terms of Dick Advocaat’s unremitting search for improvement. Having secured two in succession, the Dutchman, like Ferguson, gives the impression that he will consider himself a failure if he has not extended the sequence to 0 celine bag 90d double tote four by the time his present contract expires, also in 2002. And, in common with his counterpart at Old Trafford, Advocaat considers performances and achievement in the most demanding competition of all, the Champions League, to be the true gauge of progress.

Whatever tinkering he brings to his squad in the summer – and, with a new rights issue in the offing, he is expected to be put in possession of funds – will be carried out with advancement in Europe uppermost in his mind. A serious challenge in the domestic game is difficult to envisage; even if Celtic do secure Advocaat’s compatriot, Guus Hiddink, as their new head coach, the latter will have to achieve an utterly exceptional regeneration at Parkhead if the gap that exists between them and the champions is even to be narrowed, far less closed, in his first season.

Advocaat has already secured the Scotland forward, Allan Johnston, on a pre-contract agreement and has concluded an arrangement with AZ Alkmaar to take their full-back, Fernando $870 celine 0 celine bag 90d double tote leather cream shoes 39 it 8us 5uk made in italy 7 Ricksen, to Ibrox for £3.5 million at the end of the season. One or two others will follow and some players will certainly be jettisoned as the manager keeps faith with his obsession.

Curiously, Advocaat seemed uncharacteristically pleased on Friday, when he reflected on the past year and the strides Rangers have made under his stewardship. He has good reason, having done an extraordinary job since succeeding Walter Smith in 1998. When he arrived, the championship had gone to Celtic Park. But, within a year, Rangers had not only retrieved it, but had begun to pull away once again from their most serious rivals.

‘Where I think real progress has been made,’ said Advocaat, ‘is that we now have players who can come in and do a good job when others are injured. At various times throughout the season, we have been missing quite a number of first-team regulars.

‘Michael Mols, of course, was out the longest, but we also at one point were without three of our first-choice back four $2k celine spring and the deputies kept the momentum going. There has also been improvement in individual players and that is always satisfying. Barry Ferguson, Tony Vidmar and Craig Moore would come into that category.’

The huge turnover in personnel during his first season left some people with the impression that Advocaat was quite cavalier in the matter of spending his chair man’s money, 0 celine 173823ska 18cc money but he is, in fact, very mindful of the need to buy wisely. He even owned up to having made mistakes in that direction, most notably with the £4 million purchase of the Argentine striker, Gabriel Amato, from Real Mallorca. He was sold to Gremio of Brazil in January.

‘It wasn’t that Amato was a poor player, simply that he wasn’t suited to the game here,’ he explained. ‘That happens, but you’ve no way of knowing it until they’re here. Amato is apparently doing very well in Brazil and I’m not surprised. He just wasn’t made for the British game. But you have to be careful that you don’t waste money.’

Not many of his signings could be said to have been failures (even the most expensive of all, Andrei Kanchelskis celine replica handbags, has begun to show some form), but he is clearly now at the stage of recruiting players of a standard that will take Rangers beyond the first group phase of next season’s Champions League.

Even while $4100 celine black leather python edge satchel gold zip top bag women’s on sale considering his side a little unlucky to have finished behind Valencia and Bayern Munich in their section in December, he is realistic enough to acknowledge that Rangers were a little short of quality. ‘That was a tough group and we outplayed $1290 celine black leather gold heel tall boots sz 37 PSV at Ibrox and beat them in Eindhoven,’ he said. ‘We also $2700 authentic celine trapeze tricolor small black green cream luggage tote bag outplayed Bayern for much of the time both home and away, but nonetheless went out to them. It was experience, a case of quality. We have to get to that point of knowing how to do what must be done to take you to the next stage.’

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