Sir Alex Ferguson: Just one manager has called me since my book

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that only one Premier League manager has contacted him since his controversial autobiography was published.

The former Manchester United boss stepped down after almost 27 years in the hot seat at Old Trafford at the end of last season.

In his book My Autobiography  which was released last week, Ferguson was critical of former Manchester United captain Roy Keane and David Beckham, and was outspoken on a variety of subjects including Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Liverpool, Owen Hargreaves, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.

Now the Scot is embarking on a nationwide tour promoting his book, and revealed on the first night in Manchester last night that he had spoken to just one Premier League boss since its release - Cardiff's Malky Mackay.

"Since I retired, they’ve stopped ringing me!," he joked.

Since the release of the book, players and managers alike have been lining up to retaliate to some of the former Manchester United manager's claims that have dominated the headlines.

Keane accused Ferguson of 'not knowing what loyalty was' after he revealed the details of the midfielder's acrimonious exit from Old Trafford in 2005.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers also hit back at claims that Gerrard was not a 'top, top player', and said he owed an apology to Jordan Henderson for criticising his running style.

Ferguson was keen to avoid controversial topics at the Lowry Art Centre last night, and said he wrote the book for Manchester United's fans, and not for the press to sensationalise.

"I wrote the book for the fans," he said. “To let them understand why I had to make certain decisions, not for the press.

“The book is to make people understand how difficult the [Manchester United] job is. It's a massive club, the biggest in the world, and that expectation is always there."

Ferguson also said during the Live in Conversation event, which was attended by David Moyes and Sir Bobby Charlton, that Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola was his favourite player to watch and that by his reckoning, he had built 'five' great teams during his illustrious tenure.

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