Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have deemed his pension not quite enough to keep him ticking over during his retirement, with the 72-year-old having now decided to auction off his multi-million valued collection of vintage wines.
Ferguson lowered the curtain on his illustrious managerial career at the end of last season, with the Scot able to celebrate a 13th and final Premier League title win at the Manchester United helm. While Ferguson enjoyed unparalleled success during his time at the club, this created intense pressure. Pressure he was able to partially relieve by collecting wine.
Almost 12 months on from being replaced by David Moyes at Old Trafford, Ferguson has decided the time is now right for him to put those years spent assembling his collection to good use, and he could raise £3 million by auctioning it off.
Along with 5000 bottles of plonk there will also be signed memorabilia from Ferguson’s glorious time with Manchester United, and an auction will be held next month. There is expected to be serious interest among Asian buyers.
In an interview to promote the sale Ferguson explains how the triumphs of 1999 were his greatest achievement as Manchester United manager and, fortunately for him, there was also a vintage produced that year. It was the Romanee-Conti and, adds Ferguson, the production of such a wine befitted the club’s ’99 success.