Playing career Early Managerial Manchester United31 Dec 1941 1967-1972 Career 1972 1978-19851957-1966 1973-1974 1974-1978 1985-1986 1986-present
Sir Alex Ferguson was born on 31st December 1941,at his grandmothers house, in Glasgow Scotland. Hisfather (Alexander) was a plater’s helper in theshipbuilding industry. His mother (Elisabeth) helpedwith the children. He has a younger brother Martin whowas born a year after Alex in 1942.
At the age of 32 Ferguson was appointed manager of East StirlingshireEarly evidence ofFerguson’s reputation I had never beenas a disciplinarian afraid of anyonecan be found by a before butquote from East Ferguson was a frighteningStirlingshire’s club bastard from theforward Bobby start.McCulley
After a short successful stay at East Stirlingshire he moved to St. Mirren in the October of the same, taking a team that was in the lower half of the second division to a team that won the Scottish first Division in 1977. Part of his success was his ability to discover amazing talent, and play superb attacking football. He developed a very young team with the average age of the winning side only being 19 years of age.
1978-1986Sir Alex began working with Aberdeen in June 1978.During his time at Aberdeen, he kept up his appearance of being astrict Disciplinarian.This strict show of discipline lead his Aberdeenplayers to nickname him “Furious Fergie’’.
Ferguson’s managerial career begin with the Scottish club Aberdeen; andeventually he begin his Manchester United managerial career in 1986. From then on, the ailing Manchester United side began its climb to the top. He combines many of the qualities required of a good football manager. He is knowledgeable about the game. He does a lot of research. He is a good man-manager. He seems to know what attitude to use against different players. Thirdly, he stamps his authority on his team, allowing no prima donnas in the team, showing that there is no individual larger than the club.
Praises the player as well as criticizes them.Do not hesitate to punish a player (Rooney was dropped).Fergusons fiery temper is legendary. His primary school teacher said that he "could start a fight in an empty room". But a bollocking is soon followed by an arm round the shoulder. Shield players from the media where necessary (notably Ryan Giggs in his first season) and makes a point of never publicly criticising them.
Young players brought through the ranks in a close-knit family atmosphere. Tight Discipline and commitment is total. Inspiring loyalty and self-belief.
Paranoia TheEverone is referees, the FA, the against press,… you , he told his players
Dont tolerate a lack of focus or commitment Stay on good terms with ex-employees Defend your team in public Its even more important to defend your boss in public Mind games aren’t just for Uri Geller
Distinguish between control and power, Getting thingsdone is important, but you want to gain respect, not instilfear.Delegate so you can observe what is going on aroundyou. Trust others to do their jobs, whilst standing back toconsider the quality of what is being done and thedirection in which things are going.
Consider what might be learnt from setbacks in order toimprove, but never make panicky responses. When makingimportant and difficult decisions be decisive and if youbelieve in what you are doing, stick to your guns.The right time to act decisively is actually when things aregoing well. Standards improve over a period of time as aresult of action taken, reach a peak and then begin todecline as other new factors come into the equation. Tosustain progress long term, it is important to make decisivechanges just before this peak is reached.
Watch your diet, sleeping hours and how you present yourselfto people.Try to make all staff feel like an important part of the team.
1. A Will to Win: The Managers Diary BY Sir Alex Ferguson and David Meek2. Managing My Life: My Autobiography BY Sir Alex Ferguson3. This Is the One BY Daniel Taylor4. The Boss BY Michael Crick5. Seeing Red BY Graham Poll
“At the end of this game, the European Cup will be only six feet away from you and you’ll not even able to touch it if we lose. And for many of you that will be the closest you will ever get. Don’t you dare come back in here without giving your all” “Only true champions come out and show their worth after defeat and I expect us to do that” “Ive never played for a draw in my life” “I think it’s important to work and I’m entitled to work. Some people do not want to work but I want to continue working”
Identify yourself with your company brand Cultivate every interest group in your company Gather information everywhere Seek total control, but recognize when you cannot have it Don’t let others cause you stress Remember that crises blow over Always be unsatisfied
An Inaugural inductee of the English hall of Fame An Inaugural recipient of the FA Coaching diploma Vice-president of the National Football Museum Member of the Executive Committee of the league managers associationOnly manager to win the top league Honours and the double north and south of the England –Scotland borderOfficer of the Order of the British Empire, Commander of the British Empire, Knight Bachelor
LMA Manager of the Decade (1): 1990sLMA Manager of the Year (3): 1998–99, 2007–08, 2010-11LMA Special Merit Award (2): 2009, 2011Premier League Manager of the Season (10):1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000,2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11UEFA Manager of the Year (1): 1998–99UEFA Team of the Year (2): 2007, 2008Onze dOr Coach of the Year (3): 1999, 2007, 2008IFFHS Worlds Best Club Coach (2): 1999, 2008IFFHS Worlds Best Coach of the 21st Century (1): 2012
World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year (4): 1993,1999, 2007, 2008Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year (1): 2000BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award (1): 1999BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime AchievementAward (1): 2001European Hall of Fame (Manager): 2008FIFA Presidential Award: 2011FWA Tribute Award : 1996PFA Merit Award: 2007Mussabini Medal : 1999
Sir Alex Ferguson has won 48 trophiesas a manager, making him the mostsuccessful British football manager inhistory….
AT ST. MIRREN FCScottish First Division (1)AT ABERDEEN FCScottish Premier Division (3)Scottish Cup (4)Scottish League Cup (1)UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1)UEFA Super Cup (1):
Premier League (12)FA Cup (5)League Cup (4)FA Community Shield (10)UEFA Champions League (2)UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1)UEFA Super Cup (1)Intercontinental Cup (1):FIFA Club World Cup(1)
The Economist describedSir Alex Ferguson asBritains Steve Jobs, givenhis unorthodox, talent-obsessed and sometimesbruising approach tomaking somethingbeautiful….