Manchester United success down to backroom harmony, says Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the key to a successful managerial reign is to make sure your backroom staff are in tune with your beliefs.

David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm at Old Trafford in the summer and is so far struggling - losing three of his first seven Premier League games.

One criticism Moyes has had to deal with is his cut-throat clear out of Ferguson's backroom staff and the subsequent filling of his own choices.

But Ferguson has hinted that he agrees with Moyes' actions and insists that it is very important that all of the staff have the same vision for the club as the manager.

Speaking at the 10th UEFA Coach Education Workshop in Budapest he said: “Three things are very important when you are working with them - work ethic, loyalty, philosophy.

“You all have to be singing the same tune, no matter how bad the tune is. It’s important that your people agree with you and the way that we at United wanted to play, that was very important.

“My attitude to a game of football - never give in. At half time in a game of football, if you’re behind, never give in.”

Moyes arguably faced the toughest job in football by taking the reigns at Manchester United but Ferguson insists that great managers embrace difficult situations and thrive under pressure.

“I think that the more difficult you make the challenge of being a top coach, well that’s a challenge that any coach should take because if you’re successful that way then you’ll be successful anyway,” he said.

“Sometimes it’s about inspiring to make players better than they are and the best that they could have been.

“On the football field, it’s generally a player with character who wins the match.”

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