The greatest manager in the history of world football, completes his 25th year in the hot seat as manager of one of the worlds best club football teams this Sunday. The man from Scotland, Sir Alex Ferguson, began his trade as a footballer in his teens and was a rather successful striker with 170 goals from 317 games.
Alex Ferguson then went on to football management with East Stirlingshire and St. Mirren in the year 1974.
Soon, he graduated to the hot seat at Aberdeen. A highly successful season saw Ferguson win the Scottish league title with Aberdeen after a hiatus of 100 years for the club ahead of traditional powerhouses Rangers and Celtic. Then came the great win over European Giants Real Madrid a 2-1 triumph at the European Cup Winners Cup on 11th May, 1983. Alex Ferguson went on to become Sir Alex Ferguson in the year 1984 after his efforts as a manager were recognized by the Queen.
He was offered managerial positions at Wolves, Arsenal, as well as Tottenham Hotspurs while in charge at Aberdeen. He declined these offers as he was now director at Aberdeen as well as a part of the coaching staff in the Scottish international team. However, Sir Alex informed one of his friends in the Aberdeen board that he will leave during the summer of 86. As Scotland finished to get past the group stages in the World Cup, Ferguson stepped down.
Over in England, Ron Atkinson had been fired by Manchester United, who were looking for a manager. Interestingly, Sir Bobby Charlton suggested that Sir Alex be appointed manager and his wish was granted. What came next is there for everyone to see.
There are quite a few legacies that Sir Alex has been able to create as the manager here at Old Trafford. We take a look at some of his greatest achievements.
The F.A. Cup win in 1990. That win over Crystal Palace perhaps saved his job at the time. Although Old Trafford insiders say that his job was never at risk, 1989 was the most difficult season that Fergie endured.
The first premier league title in 1993. Of the 12 Premier League titles that Fergie has won, the first will perhaps be the most special of the lot. He invested seven years for this trophy and won it with a group of teenagers at its core.
The Class of 92. The best job that Alex has done at United is that he revolutionized the youth structure at the club. It paid rich dividends. In the beginning of the 90s, there was a rumor that Fergie had some talent at the youth level at United who could challenge the Busby Babes supremacy. And, what happened thereafter is the stuff of dreams.
The group comprising of the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, and David Beckham created havoc in the premier league as United picked up title after title and ended the millennium with a historic treble.
Out of all his qualities, his man management skill along with a passion for attacking football has won him admirers all across the globe. I doubt whether any other manager can construct 7 title winning squads in 30-35 years of management or unearth the amount of talent that he has unearthed. His love for the game is something others can only dream of acquiring. That is why managers across the globe respect Fergie.
We Salute you!