Sir Alex Ferguson's latest book on leadership has revealed his stance on player's wages. The former Manchester United boss demanded that his salary was doubled, following Wayne Rooney's pay increase in 2010.
Rooney was set to leave the Red Devils before United gave him the wage increase he demanded. The new contract was worth £250,00 per week and Ferguson told the Glazers in no uncertain terms that he "did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made".
Joel Glazer supported the notion but asked: "what we should do." Ferguson's response was clear: "we just agreed no player should be paid more than me."
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Sir Alex Ferguson was an authoritarian manager, and he felt that his control at Old Trafford would be undermined if a player was out-earning him. Rooney was and remains a crucial player for Manchester United, but Ferguson was convinced that no player could make more than the manager at a well-run football club.
Ferguson was vindicated, too, winning the Premier League title again in his final season at United. This was in 2012/13, by which time Rooney had settled back into Mancunian life and had formed a formidable partnership with Robin van Persie.
Rooney was one of Ferguson's most high-profile signings as boss at Old Trafford. He was bought from Everton in the 2003/04 campaign, as Arsenal and Chelsea pulled clear of United. Ferguson was looking to get Manchester United back to the top of the table, but he had to wait until 2006/07, with Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo rapidly maturing, before he could claim the title again.
Since then, Rooney has gone from strength to strength, becoming England captain and their leading goalscorer of all-time.
Ferguson's quotes, however, show that for all the talent in the world, no player can be bigger than the manager at a football club.
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