With Christmas around the corner publishers are busy rushing out football autobiographies and Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest life writing effort sounds like a doozy, with the iconic manager laying into some of his old Manchester United charges and a few opposition coaches he’s none too keen on.
However, it’s not all anger and bitterness and we’ve brought you a few lucky people who have stayed on the right side of the Scot over the years.
Ferguson paid the Chelsea boss an enormous compliment in his new book when stating that he knew better than to engage Mourinho in the kind of mind games that have worked so well against other adversaries and the Special One has claimed that he was brought into the former United chief’s confidence regarding his May retirement months before the end of last season.
In his latest tome the septuagenarian reveals how he was encouraged to resign by certain factions among the Old Trafford faithful when the controversial American purchased the current Premier League champions in 2005, but Ferguson’s pragmatic side won the day and he firmly believes that it was inevitable that United would be bought and praises the Glazers for their light touch approach to football club ownership.
Ferguson says he was so desperate to hang on to ‘the most gifted player’ he’d ever managed that he would rather have shot the Portuguese than sell him to Real Madrid, but Ronaldo left on good terms after being told in 2007 that he could go the following summer if the La Liga giants made an acceptable offer.
In many people’s eyes the enigmatic Frenchman was the catalyst that unlocked United’s trophy-winning potential when he swapped Leeds for Manchester just over 20 years ago and Ferguson has stayed close to his former talisman, encouraging him to take up the director of football role at New York Cosmos and recently enlisting his help when property hunting in the south of France.
The 13-time Premier League-winning manager’s passion for the sport of kings is well known and when crack horse-handler Nicholls asked him to write the foreword for his own autobiography Ferguson was happy to laud the trainer’s communication in print and wished him well in his quest to remain at the top of his sport.