Retried Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he turned down the chance to manage Chelsea when Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
In his first major interview since retiring from football management, Ferguson said that he never even considered the Russian billionaire's offer.
The Scot told Charlie Rose on PSB: “They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club and I said: 'No chance.'”
Ferguson, who is now a director at Manchester United, also stated there is no chance he will return to football management, before backing the club's current manager David Moyes.
“I’m not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United’s results,” Ferguson continued. “United are in good hands with David Moyes. He will be fine. He’s a good manager.
“You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager."
Ferguson reaffirmed his stance by revealing a shortlist of his future plans.
“I made my decision," the 71-year-old added. "The timing was perfect. There is no way back for me now. I’ve got a new life. I want to go the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France.”
Ferguson managed Manchester United for 26 years and is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the sport's history after winning a remarkable 49 trophies during his tenure at Old Trafford.