Sir Alex Ferguson’s new book reveals details that should have been left alone
If you are the most successful British football manager, what would you do when you finally retire? Give that question to Sir Alex Ferguson then his answer would probably be “Keep myself busy with things other than football.”
His second book after he finally called it a day in 2013 is already out in bookstores. “Leading” as the title suggests, contains his experience in leading and managing his players and staff for 26 years in charge of Manchester United. Sir Alex would tell us how he did it and hopefully we could learn some of it, then apply it our own lives.
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This book is not “other things than football” because it is still about football, about Manchester United. It is quite likely Sir Alex had already signed a multiple book deal that will help his retirement fund – not that I think he really needs it.
From the excerpts that were published in the media prior to the book launch, we could understand why David Moyes became his successor, Rooney’s new deal that made Sir Alex uncomfortable and four players under his tutelage that he considered “World Class”.
Apparently Moyes was not the first choice to succeed Ferguson in Manchester United. The first choice was Pep Guardiola. Ferguson dined with Guardiola in New York when the Spaniard was still in his year-long sabbatical. Ferguson then asked Guardiola to give him a call when he is approached by another club. Guardiola never called back.
Then there were also other candidates; Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal. Unfortunately, these managers had other commitments at the time, so David Moyes became the “chosen one” to replace Ferguson.
The “world-class” players that Ferguson claimed he had at Manchester United were Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona. During an hour-long interview with BBC presenter Dan Walker at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Ferguson said he didn’t realise that the revelation would cause shockwaves in the footballing world.
Some of Ferguson’s revelations in this book may be a little discomforting for anyone associated with it. Other players that did not fit in with the category of “world-class” may look at it differently. Players such as Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Nemanja Vidic and Bryan Robson are just a few names that other managers or even United fans will consider definitely as world class.
Nevertheless, Ferguson like any other can have his own opinion. This particular revelation could be another marketing strategy to make people buy the book.
It is sad though that some people could be hurt inside along the way. I hope David Moyes and others would understand and do not take it personally.
As with Sir Alex Ferguson it always about business.