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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June, 2003, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Queiroz back on familiar ground
Carlos Queiroz is back in the luxurious confines of Manchester United after sampling what he basically described as a clapped out banger at Real Madrid.

Queiroz left Old Trafford last summer to take charge at the Bernabeu but, after just one season, the dream move turned sour as Real Madrid ended the campaign trophyless.

"If you were promised a car with air conditioning, four wheels, leather seats and metallic paint and you were then given one without any of that how would you feel?" he said of his Real Tenure.

There were events at Real which did not happen with the aggrieved Portuguese coach's approval.

Claude Makelele, Geremi and Fernando Morientes were allowed to leave while the the proposed signing of defender Gabriel Milito was rejected by the club as Queiroz tried to readdress the balance of the team.

This summer, the Spanish club have signed central defender Walter Samuel.

Queiroz, speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, added: "I made my biggest mistake in January.

"I should have left when we were leading the league and doing well in the Cup and the Champions League. Maybe if I had gone then Real might not have ended the season as they did."

"I asked that Morientes be allowed to stay and I am convinced that with him in the squad alongside Geremi, Makelele and Milito then Real would have ended up with one or two trophies."

QUEIROZ FACTFILE
1989 & 1991: Coaches Portugal to World Youth Cup
1991-94: Coaches Portugal senior side
1996: Coaches New York/New Jersey MetroStars in America's MSL
1996-97: Coaches Grampus Eight in Japan
2000-2002: Coaches South Africa but resigns after taking them to the World Cup
2002-2003: Coaches Man Utd as they regain the Premiership
2003-2004: Takes over at Real Madrid but ends season trophyless
2004: Rejoins Man Utd as Fergsuon's number two

United boss Ferguson did not want Queiroz to leave in the first place and he, along with the rest of the club, will be glad to see him gracing their corridors again.

Queiroz made such an impact in his first spell at United, which lasted 12 months, he even managed to earn praise from Roy Keane.

Helping United reclaim the title in 2002/03 following an empty-handed season earned him total respect at the club, who will once again be looking to win back their Premiership crown after a poor campign.

Old Trafford insiders credited Queiroz with meticulous preparation, modernising training and re-organising United's defence.

Indeed, Ferguson himself was moved to say "bringing Carlos here was one of the best decisions I have ever made".

He even handed Queiroz the tactical credit for the 2-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford that kept the title race alive, with his suggestion of Phil Neville in a holding role a master-stroke.

Queiroz also insisted United's players must stay in hotels before every domestic game, a ploy Ferguson admitted his players thrived on.

And as a brilliant linguist, fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian and obviously his native Portuguese, he crossed all barriers with United's cosmopolitan set-up.

Queiroz made his name as the guiding hand behind Portugal's so-called "golden generation" of youngsters including Rui Costa, Joao Pinto and the man he will rejoin at Real, Luis Figo.

He then coached Portugal's senior side with mixed results for three years before spells in America, Japan and as South Africa's coach.

Queiroz was regarded as a success with Bafana Bafana before quitting for United and, after his ill-fated spell with Real, is now he is back to help steer United to glory once more.




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