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Sir Alex Ferguson: A natural gem

Ferguson's reign ended with a Premier League title win (©GettyImages)
Ferguson's reign ended with a Premier League title win (©GettyImages).

His time may have come, but Sir Alex Ferguson will always be admired for his excellenct management style and commitment to Manchester United. 

His concern for chemistry between his players was one of his biggest qualities in the quest for a potentially world-beating team, which for a time, he created. 

He knew how to treat people; he wouldn’t let them step out of line. His sense of organisation and order in the Old Trafford camp made the team work hard and believe to strive for victories week-in, week-out, regardless of accusations of manipulation of added time by Ferguson.

This is a prime example of where teams with high expectations need to be patient; however with success a rare thing nowadays, many owners have become too impatient with some managers too quickly.

It seems that multi-billionaire owners struggle to comprehend the thought of losing. Primary examples of this are Roman Abramovich and Manchester City’s oil-rich owner Sheikh Mansour.

The Russian, who has seen consistent success in winning trophies, has not been impressed by any manager that hasn’t provided trophies in the biggest competitions. Business tycoon Abramovich has happily sacked eight managers in the period he has been at the club.

However, the Sheikh’s, who bought the Manchester club in 2008, have seen more recent domestic success by winning the Premier League on the last day courtesy of a last-gasp winner from Sergio Aguero.

But the below-par performances from Roberto Mancini’s men meant they finished 11 points off top club and rivals United, ran for the last time by Ferguson. 

Mancini was later sacked after a humiliating 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic: a team who were later relegated. 

This capped a poor season with a frustrating sacking of Mancini, who the fans later hailed and thanked for the title he brought to them, and maybe after all the sacking was carried out with no thought. But this can only be debated in hindsight.

Maybe the owners are doing the right thing to find the right man to bring success to the helm of their respective clubs. 

Maybe Manchester United were lucky to bring in such a natural gem who could impose his knowledge and expertise into such a squad and build the world-beaters he made. 

But will any club ever be able to reduplicate the success that having a manager for over 20 years can bring to them?

 

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