[254], In 2009, Ferguson received an honorary doctorate in business administration from the Manchester Metropolitan University. [204][205][206] In Ferguson's final match in charge, Manchester United drew 5–5 at West Bromwich Albion, a hat-trick from Romelu Lukaku, later a United player, denying Ferguson a final victory. He did not speak to her for six weeks, confiscated her keys and communicated only through a 17-year-old assistant. [220] Ferguson allegedly kicked a football boot in frustration, which hit Beckham in the face and caused a minor injury. United failed to qualify for the knock-out phase of the UEFA Champions' League. [82] United won the League Cup and European Super Cup; both for the first time, but lost out on the league title to rivals Leeds United after leading the table for much of the season. [186][187] However, his dreams of a third European Cup were ended a few weeks later when United were edged out of the competition in the quarter-finals by Bayern Munich on away goals. He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein, taking the team to the 1986 World Cup. [36] He was counter-accused of intimidating behaviour towards his office secretary because he wanted players to get some expenses tax free. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Towards the end of his playing career he also worked as a coach, then started his managerial career with East Stirlingshire and St Mirren. [68], Around this time, Tottenham Hotspur offered Ferguson the chance to take over from Peter Shreeves as manager, but he rejected this offer and the job went to Luton Town's David Pleat instead. [71], Although Ferguson remained at Aberdeen over the summer, he did eventually join Manchester United when Atkinson was sacked in November 1986.[72]. [citation needed], It was not the first time that Ferguson had been linked with a move to England. [200] Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer said, "His determination to succeed and dedication to the club have been truly remarkable. In the 1965 to 1966 season, he alone made 45 goals in 51 league matches. During the 1992 close season, Ferguson went on the hunt for a new striker. Let's check, How Rich is Alex Ferguson in 2020? Who is Christian Bale? Alex Ferguson, in full Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson, byname Fergie, (born December 31, 1941, Glasgow, Scotland), Scottish football (soccer) player and manager who was best known for managing Manchester United (1986–2013). Alex Ferguson - Biography. They went on to win their fourth league title in five seasons at the end of the 1996–97 campaign, made easier by the fact that their rivals were "not up to the job". [citation needed], A youthful United team lost 3–1 in their opening league game of the 1995–96 season, against Aston Villa. McClaren told Ferguson to get the team organised for extra time, to which he replied, "Steve, this game isn't finished. "[201] Ferguson revealed that he had in fact decided that he was going to retire back in December 2012 and that it had been very difficult not to reveal his plans. [217] Strachan did not sign for Köln, but instead moved to Manchester United in the summer of 1984. [96], Defeat by Leeds United in September 1997 was the team's first league loss in seven months; Keane during the match injured himself and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season with ligament damage. [255][256], As well as having an ambassadorial role at Manchester United and other public speaking and charity engagements in retirement, he is a long-term patron of his childhood team Harmony Row, including a successful campaign for the club to have new facilities (they are now based at Braehead). In the 2004–05 FA Cup, they lost on penalties to Arsenal. Ferguson has received at least eight honorary degrees. Alex Ferguson holds a Scottish nationality. [171] United having had a penalty claim turned down, Ferguson alleged after the game that Keith Hackett, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, was "not doing his job properly". They also won the tittles like UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup in 1991. View the profiles of people named Alex Ferguson. [220] UEFA charged Ferguson for bringing the game into disrepute with his comments. His first game in charge was a 2–0 defeat at Oxford United on 8 November, followed seven days later by a goalless draw at newly promoted Norwich City, and then his first win (1–0 at home to Queens Park Rangers) on 22 November. It was at this city he met his wife to be, Cathy. [167][168] United, however, recovered and began a tight race with Arsenal for the title. [136] On the night of Christmas Day, Ferguson shelved his retirement plan. [109], In the final weeks of the league season, Arsenal emerged as a creditable challenger to United. Ferguson had been appointed to the club's board of directors early in 1986, but that April he told Dick Donald, their chairman, that he intended to leave that summer. I'm going to leave the club. He was willing to "pay for the progress" made in the Champions League; the team finished second in their Champions League "group of death", behind Bayern Munich and ahead of Barcelona. [124] Van Nistelrooy, however, failed his medical, but Ferguson reassured him that "we might yet find a way out of the nightmare". Ruud van Nistelrooy's future at Old Trafford seemed to be in doubt after not starting in the League Cup final, and he departed at the end of the season. [80] They were runners-up in the League Cup, losing 1–0 to Sheffield Wednesday. He was born in Glasgow in Scotland. The absence of Ferdinand hampered United's defence of the Premier League in the 2003–04 season; the team finished third behind Arsenal's "Invincibles" and Chelsea. Could United boss Alex Ferguson be made a top toff? Perhaps his most notable game for Queen's Park was the 7–1 defeat away to Queen of the South on Boxing Day 1959 when ex-England international Ivor Broadis scored four of the Queen of the South goals. [232] Stoke City manager Tony Pulis followed soon after in recalling two former Manchester United players from Preston as well, stating the need for the players to supplement his team's intensive schedule. [113] As European champions, United were invited to play in the Intercontinental Cup. He was blamed for a goal conceded in the 1969 Scottish Cup Final,[26] in a match in which he was designated to mark Celtic captain, Billy McNeill, and was subsequently forced to play for the club's junior side instead of for the first team. This bitter and slim defeat prompted Ferguson to sign star-striker Robin van Persie, who was the Premier League Golden Boot title-holder, from another arch-rival Arsenal on 17 August 2012. [188], He ended the following season by winning his 12th and Manchester United's 19th league title and thus overtaking Liverpool's record of 18. Ferguson joined Aberdeen as manager in June 1978, replacing Billy McNeill who had only managed the club for one season before he was offered the chance to manage Celtic. He then joined Rangers for £65,000, then a record fee for a transfer between two Scottish clubs. [123] He also monitored the progress of Ruud van Nistelrooy, "a striker of the highest calibre". In February 1982, Wolverhampton Wanderers had approached him about succeeding John Barnwell as manager as they were heading for relegation from the First Division. [45], He was still a strict disciplinarian, though, and his players nicknamed him "Furious Fergie". According to Trend Celeb Now, Alex Ferguson's estimated Net Worth, Salary, Income, Cars, Lifestyles & much more details has been updated below. [207], Ferguson released his second autobiography in October 2013 called My Autobiography. Retrieved 12 July 2011. [84] Seen as being a decisive victory, it put United top of the league, where they remained. His source of income came from this sports field. He retired from management at the end of the 2012–13 season, having won the Premier League in his final season. [169], On 16 February 2008, United beat Arsenal 4–0 in an FA Cup fifth round match at Old Trafford,[170] but were knocked out by eventual winners Portsmouth in the quarter-final on 8 March, losing 1–0 at home. [17][257][258][18][259], In the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, Ferguson supported Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom. [240] Analysis by Opta Sports of Premier League matches played between 2010 and 2012 found on average that 79 seconds more time was played in matches where Manchester United were losing. [78][79][80] United went on to win the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 1–0 in the final replay after a 3–3 draw in the first match, giving Ferguson his first major trophy as Manchester United manager. [65][66][67] Aberdeen retained their league title in the 1984–85 season, but had a disappointing season in 1985–86, finishing fourth in the league, although they did win both domestic cups. [272][273] In 2017, Ferguson was named among the 10 most influential coaches since the foundation of UEFA in 1954.[274]. He signed a contract for this club and was replaced by the team’s former manager Ron Atkinson. ^ "Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson". I finally had the players believing in me". Ferguson added Nottingham Forest's 22-year-old midfielder Roy Keane to the ranks for a British record fee of £3.75 million as a long term replacement for Bryan Robson, who was nearing the end of his career. But this does not feel like an important football book. The match was Ferguson's only appearance for the Manchester United first team.[73]. [33] He gained a reputation as a disciplinarian, with club forward Bobby McCulley later saying he had "never been afraid of anyone before but Ferguson was a frightening bastard from the start. [92] Norwegian signings Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ronny Johnsen were the notable additions to the squad, with the former ending the season as the club's top goalscorer. [126] He told the club's television channel MUTV that he was prepared to sever all ties with the club, once his contract ended the following year: "The decision has been taken. This cup win is often cited as the match that saved Ferguson's Old Trafford career, even though it has since been stated that his job was never at risk. [189] With Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes all retiring in 2011,[190] Ferguson spent big by signing defender Phil Jones from Blackburn and winger Ashley Young from Aston Villa for around £17 million each,[191][192] and goalkeeper David de Gea from Atlético Madrid for around £19 million.[193]. No question". Dennis Bergkamp's effort was saved by Peter Schmeichel. Nearest rivals Chelsea – level on points going into the final round of matches, but with an inferior goal difference – could only draw 1–1 at home to Bolton, finishing two points adrift of the champions. HOW OLD IS Alex Ferguson Alex Ferguson is 78 years and 11 month (s) old. He also made two major signings – goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and defender Paul Parker – to bolster his side. The following season (1964–65), Dunfermline were strong challengers for the Scottish League and reached the Scottish Cup Final, but Ferguson was dropped for the final after a poor performance in a league game against St Johnstone. Ferguson won the top division title in England a record 13 times, more than twice as many times as the next most successful manager. Full name : Alex Ferguson How old is Alex Ferguson: 79 years Male Birthday: December 31, 1941 Sun sign: Capricorn Nationality: Govan, Scotland How tall is Alex Ferguson: 1.8 m Alex Ferguson Spouse: Cathy Ferguson (m. 1966) He was nicknamed … [145] The team were eliminated in the Champions League quarter-final to Real Madrid over two legs; Ferguson described the second match, a 4–3 win at Old Trafford as "epic". After he joined this club, the performance of this team was drastically improved. Alex Ferguson played professional football from 1957 to 1974, all for Scottish clubs, before becoming even more famous as a manager. He also helped the team show his victory over Scottish First Division in 1980, Cup Winner’s Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and many other league titles. Ferguson's time at Falkirk was soured by this and he responded by requesting a transfer and moved to Ayr United, where he finished his playing career in 1974. He was the manager of St Mirren from 1974 to 1978 and won the Cup Winners Cup in 1983 with Aberdeen. Alex Ferguson is one of the most successful managers who has worked amazingly for the whole time. “All they can talk about is Manchester United.” (On Manchester City) 17 “When an Italian says it’s pasta I check under the sauce to make sure. The new players made a great contribution to a United team who finished in second place, nine points behind Liverpool. United also reached the League Cup final but lost 3–1 to Aston Villa, managed by Ferguson's predecessor, Ron Atkinson. On December 31, 1941, Alexander Chapman Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Govan, Scotland to Elizabeth and Alexander Sr.He was lucky to have grown up in a well-to-do neighborhood. He was initially worried that many of the players, such as Norman Whiteside, Paul McGrath and Bryan Robson were drinking too much and was "depressed" by their level of fitness, but he managed to increase the players' discipline and United climbed up the table to finish the season in 11th place, having been 21st (second from bottom) when he took over. Sir Alex Ferguson became the manager of East Stirlingshire at the age of 32 in 1974. Alex Ferguson has been honored with The League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award four times. He did a part-time manager job with East Stirlingshire in June 1974 for a month only, and then he became part of St. Mirren in October 1974. "[228] Subsequent interviews on BBC programmes such as Match of the Day were done by his assistants, latterly Mike Phelan. [283] These Include: For other people named Alex Ferguson, see, Scottish association football manager and player, Scottish league football top division top scorers, European success and Scottish national side, United's European firsts and Ferguson's seconds, 1999–2002: Title hat-trick, retirement plan, World champions and further league titles, Dunfermline Athletic F.C. He served as the third Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 until 2011.. A week after the cup final, Ferguson agreed a four-year contract to remain at United. Todd explained that the fundamental reason for the dismissal was a breach of contract relating to Ferguson having agreed to join Aberdeen. [216], Gordon Strachan was a key player for Ferguson at Aberdeen, but their relationship broke down when Strachan signed an agreement with German club FC Köln without telling Ferguson. [222] Ferguson apologised for his remarks and wrote a letter to UEFA in explanation, but he was fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£4,600) by the governing body. [17], Ferguson's playing career began as an amateur with Queen's Park, where he made his debut as a striker, aged 16. [124] He met the player and his agent in Manchester to discuss formalities and was informed of Van Nistelrooy's troubled right knee. During the season, United played two friendly matches in Bermuda against the Bermuda national team and the Somerset Cricket Club. United's league form improved as the season went on despite defeat by Liverpool in the 2003 Football League Cup Final and they overhauled Arsenal to win the Premier League for an eighth time in May 2003. "[87] United won their next five matches and were boosted by the return of Cantona, who made his comeback against Liverpool in October 1995. [131] In August 2001, Stam was transferred to Lazio for £16 million. Ferguson is the joint-most decorated manager in European football competitions with seven honours, a record he shares with Giovanni Trapattoni and Carlo Ancelotti. Long-term target Owen Hargreaves joined from Bayern Munich, young Portuguese winger Nani and Brazilian playmaker Anderson joined soon after, while the last summer signing was West Ham and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez after a complex and protracted transfer saga. During the 1991 close season, Ferguson's assistant Archie Knox departed to Rangers to become assistant to Walter Smith, and Ferguson promoted youth team coach Brian Kidd to the role of assistant manager in Knox's place. Managing My Life. [270] On 5 November 2011, the Old Trafford North Stand was officially renamed the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand in honour of his 25 years as manager of Manchester United.[271]. [36] The average age of the league winning team was 19 and the captain, Fitzpatrick, was 20. A goal down after three minutes, the team equalised in the 86th minute and scored the winning goal through Solskjær in stoppage time. Ferguson hired Archie Knox, his assistant at Aberdeen, in the same role at Manchester United in 1986. [250] He is a self-described socialist. Alex Ferguson — 2000 in Biography & Autobiography. Though he well trained his players, they could not bag any trophies till 1989. Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE (born 31 December 1941) is a Scottish former football manager and player, widely known for managing Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. The result meant United finished the season 11 points ahead of runners-up Manchester City. [109] United conceded in the first six minutes of the final, from a Mario Basler's free kick. "[111] At the Stadio delle Alpi, striker Filippo Inzaghi scored twice to put Juventus 3–1 up on aggregate. United won the game 3–2 thanks to another hat-trick from Van Persie. He claimed wrongful dismissal against the club at an industrial tribunal but lost and was given no leave to appeal. [154] United started the season well, and for the first time ever won their first four Premier League games, United's best start since 1985. Author: Alex Ferguson. The latter featured in four matches, the last of which a 5–0 defeat at Chelsea in October 1999; he was not selected again by Ferguson. [183], They contested the Champions League final against Barcelona on 27 May 2009 but lost 2–0, thus failed to defend the trophy. He had also added Soviet midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis to the right wing, giving him a more attacking alternative to older midfielders Mike Phelan and Bryan Robson. The team eliminated Inter Milan at the quarter-final stage and faced Juventus in the last four of the competition. Ferguson was the solitary Queen's Park goalscorer.[22]. [12] He was knighted in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to the game. The signing of Carrick, which was questioned and criticised by a large portion of the media, brought stability and further creativity in the United midfield, forming an effective partnership with Paul Scholes. [28] There have been claims that he suffered discrimination at Rangers after his marriage to a Catholic, Cathy Holding,[29] but Ferguson himself makes it clear in his autobiography[30] that Rangers knew of his wife's religion when he joined the club and that he left the club very reluctantly, due to the fall-out from his alleged cup final mistake. [260] He criticised the Scottish Government and First Minister Alex Salmond for denying the vote to Scots living in the UK but outside Scotland. However, another run of disappointing results in the final quarter of the season saw them fall down to mid-table. [182] They also won the League Cup on penalties after a goalless draw in the final against Tottenham, after becoming the first British club to win the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2008. [144], Several players were sent away for surgery in this period, a "minor gamble" Ferguson took in the hope they would return energised. [110] Ferguson hoped his team "could at least take it to a penalty shoot-out", but instead the match was settled in extra time: Giggs ran the length of the pitch and evaded several Arsenal players to score the winning goal. [112] Keane's performance merited praise from Ferguson: It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football history, winning 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United. There was much anticipation about the breakthrough of the young Ryan Giggs, who had played twice and scored once in the 1990–91 campaign, and the earlier emergence of another impressive young winger in the shape of Lee Sharpe, who despite their youth had made Ferguson feel able to resist plunging into the transfer market and buying a new player to take over from the disappointing Danny Wallace on the left wing. For this, they signed the Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from Fulham and Korean star Park Ji-sung from PSV. [citation needed] His family convinced him to remain in charge of United; Cathy bluntly listed her reasoning: "One, your health is good. [263] In 2014, he put part of his vast collection up for auction with Christie's, with their head of wine David Elswood describing his taste as "exceptional",[264] valued at up to £3 million. 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