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Published on November 2, 2008

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Sir Alex Ferguson : Sir Alex Ferguson Students: Please click on the button below, then click on any of the pictures on the timeline to take you to the relevant information. One of the greatest managers ever to live. He has won numerous trophies for both management and playing football. He is a knight of the realm, having been knighted by the queen and he is also an inductee into the English hall of fame. Timeline Sir Alex Timeline : Sir Alex Timeline Playing career Early Managerial Career Manchester United 1941 1974 1986 2008 PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO TAKE YOU TO THE RELEVANT PAGE References Achievements Slide 3: THE EARLY YEARS Sir Alex Ferguson was born on 31st December 1941, at his grandmothers house, in Glasgow Scotland. His father (Alexander) was a plater’s helper in the shipbuilding industry. His mother (Elisabeth) helped with the children. He has a younger brother Martin who was born a year after Alex in 1942. As a child he attended Govan high school, but perhaps more importantly he supported Rangers who he later went on to play for. It was a tough upbringing in a difficult area of Glasgow although his family were not poor, they certainly did not have lots of money, growing up in a tough working class area of Glasgow. Something which he feels has helped in life, in his autobiography he talks about how palpable the area he grew up was and how important the local community was to him as well, as well as money always been scarce and by no means was there family considered well off. Timeline Slide 4: Timeline Alex Ferguson began playing football probably for queens park rangers for who he signed for at the age of 16. This was as an amateur so he also worked in the shipyards as a apprentice toolmaker, becoming a active trade union steward in the process. He could not keep a regular place in the side of Queens park rangers despite scoring 20 goals in 31 games and so moved to St Johnstone in 1960. He continued to score regular while playing as a amateur but was still out of favor with the club and requested to be transferred several times. St Johnstone however failed to sign more forwards and he was selected to play against rangers in a match that St Johnstone won and Sir Alex scored a hatrick in. He was scouted at this match by Dumferline who he signed for in the following summer of 1964, with Sir Alex then leaving his job at the shipyard to become a full time football player. Between 1964-1966 Sir Alex played regularly for Dunfermline who were strong challenges for the title and cup. However he was dropped for 1965 Scottish cup final due to a previous bad performance and his team also failed to win the league by just one point. In 1966 he was joint top goal scorer of the Scottish league with 31 goals, having been particularly prolific scoring 45 goals in 51 games in all competitions. 1957 TO 1966 Slide 5: The Rangers T Years 1967 to 1972 Having been joint top scorer the season before Rangers football club were interested in signing Alex Ferguson, and in 1967 he moved to the club that he had grown up supporting and idolized, and in his autobiography he describes it as a dream come true, but one that he wished never happened. He joined for sixty five thousand pounds which was a record fee between two Scottish clubs in those days. However all was not perfect in his dream move, with Sir Alex being blamed for a goal that they conceded in the 1969 Scottish cup final, although they did go onto win. Due to his supposed mistake he had to play for the clubs junior side, instead of the first team, and according to reports he was so upset and angry about this that he threw away his winner medals. There has also been reports, that Sir Alex suffered a large amount of discrimination at Rangers due to the club strong protestant links and the fact that he had married a catholic. He subsequently left rangers, in which Sir Alex states for reasons due to his alleged cup final mistake. There was several interested clubs wanting to sign him at the time, including some clubs in England however he had external pressures in the fact that his wife did not want to move to England so in 1970 he signed for Falkirk. In 1972 Sir Alex made his first steps into being a manager, when he was promoted at Falkirk into becoming a player/ coach, although this was to only last one season as when there was a change of manager his coaching responsibilities were to be taken away from him. This change was hard to accept for Sir Alex and he requested a transfer. Timeline Slide 6: SIR ALEX FERGUSON LAST PLAYING YEARS- 1973-1974 In 1973 Sir Alex was no longer happy at Falkirk due to a change in management and his coaching responsibilities being removed so he requested a transfer and moved to AYR UNITED F.C to finish his playing career, ending in 1974 having made 24 appearances for the club and scoring 9 goals. In all he made 327 career appearances scoring an impressive 167 goals, almost one every other game. Timeline Slide 7: Early Management At the age of 32 Ferguson was appointed manager of East Stirlingshire. He was paid forty pounds a week which is a huge difference to thousands a pounds he earns a week now. As well as this his management job at East Stirlingshire was only a part time position. Sir Alex has a reputation as a hard disciplinarian , and this was present even at his first club. His players understood his tactics and the club results improved considerably. Early evidence of Ferguson’s reputation as a disciplinarian can be found by a quote from East Stirlingshire’s club forward Bobby McCulley I had never been afraid of anyone before but Ferguson was a frightening bastard from the start. Timeline Slide 8: MOVING ON UP 1974 TO 1978 Having joined East Stirlingshire in June 1974 and having proved a success it was not long before other teams were interested in securing his services, so after a relatively short stay at East Stirlingshire he moved to St. Mirren in the October of the same year and produced one of the most remarkable transformations, 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. Perhaps more importantly and surprising St.Mirren have been the only team ever to sack Sir Alex, although this was a long drawn out process, in which Sir Alex took St. Mirren to court over. He had claimed in his book and the official version was that he was sacked for breaches of contract including unauthorized payments to players. Although there has been talk of rift with his office secretary, resulting In intimating behavior in which he did not speak to her for six weeks and confiscated her keys, although this has never been properly investigated. The Tribunal found Sir Alex had been sacked fairly and he was given no leave to appeal. It also stated that it found him petty and mature. In a further twist to all this, some years later in a newspaper article the then St. Mirren chairman Willie Todd stated in The Guardian that the reason for Sir Alex dismissal was clear as he had breached his contract for already agreeing to join Aberdeen united and asking a player from his current club to join him there. In a rare interview Willie Todd expressed regret at this whole matter stating that Ferguson was a incredible manager who worked wonders with the club and that all it really took was for Aberdeen to off approached the club first. Timeline Slide 9: First Taste of Real Success Having been sacked by St.Mirren Sir Alex began working with Aberdeen in June 1978, and his first chance at working with a major club in the top league of Scottish football. Although they had not one the league for nearly 25 years. Even though Sir Alex had been a manager for nearly four years and had relative success he had trouble in earning the respect of some of the 1978-1986 Aberdeen players early on. He did not achieve success straight away being fourth in the league and reaching the semi-final of the league cup and reaching the final in the league cup the subsequent year. However in 1980 he one the league for the first time, which was the first time a team other than Celtic and rangers had done so in 15 years. He also went on to win it in 1984 and 1985. He also went on to enjoy further cup success winning the SFA cup with Aberdeen 4 times and the Scottish league cup once in the time he was with Aberdeen. As well as all this success he lead Aberdeen to even greater success when they became only the third team in Scottish history to win a European trophy in 1983. In one of his books the boss he remarks that after this result, he know felt he had done something remarkable with his life. During his time at Aberdeen, he kept up his appearance of being a strict Disciplinarian, fining a player for overtaking him on a public road, and kicked a tea urn over at half time during one of his side’s poor performances, which is similar to the boot he kicked at David beckham while at Manchester United. This strict show of discipline lead his Aberdeen players to nickname him Furious Fergie. While at Aberdeen he turned down numerous job offers, from other clubs including wolves while in his first couple of years at the club as well as turning down Rangers, Arsenal and Tottenham, in the 1984 season. The year was also important as he was awarded a OBE In the honors list. He left Aberdeen in 1986 having also been appointed a director of the club. Timeline Slide 10: Scotland National Job 1985-1986 As well as managing Aberdeen, Ferguson was part of the national coaching set up, during Scotland's qualifying campaign for the 1986 world cup. When the then current Scotland coach Jock Stein collapsed and died, after hearing that Scotland had qualified for a play-off place to the world cup, Ferguson agreed to take charge of the Scotland side for the world cup. In order to fulfill his management duties at Aberdeen he appointed Archie Knox as his co-manager at Aberdeen. He was only the manager of Scotland for ten games having only agreed to manage them during the world cup and went back to his full time job as Aberdeen coach, although there was several offers from English Premiership clubs, including Arsenal and Totternham, he rejected those offers but there was much speculation that Ron Atkinson was going to be sacked at Manchester United and when eventually he was the job was offered to Ferguson in November 1986. Timeline Slide 11: The First 7 YEARS 1986 TO 1993 Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed Manager on 6th November 1986, he was immediately concerned with the unprofessional lifestyle and drinking culture at the club and set to work, in changing the diet and lifestyle of the players. He also endured a personnel tragedy just a couple of weeks into the job when his mother died of lung cancer aged 64. In his first couple of years at Man Utd manager all did not go to plan with finishing 11th, 5th and 11th in the first three years he joined in the league. In December 1989 there was several banners displayed at games and it was widely perceived that Ferguson would get the sack, but an eventual run in the FA Cup which they went on to win meant his job was safe, however in his Autobiography Fergie describes the December of 1989 as the darkest period he has ever suffered in the game. Having one his first managerial trophy with Manchester untied in the FA cup the previous season, there was still doubts about his quality to manage at the highest level, however they did reach the final of the European cup in 1991. In 1992 Man united purchased one of his best ever signings in the form of Eric Cantona and from then on the future of Manchester united and Sir Alex has looked bright. Eric Cantona went on to form a strong partnership with Mark Hughes and united finally one the league title after a 26 year wait. Man united were also the first team to win the league after it had been renamed the premiership. In the year of 1993 he was voted manager of the year by the leagues manager association. Timeline Slide 12: The Wonder Years 1993 to 2001 In the next 8 years Sir Alex Ferguson went on to cement himself as one of the all time greatest managers. He won the Premiership again in 1994 having lead from start to finish and one the double when they went on to win the FA cup in the same year. 1995 was the only slip in these amazing years when they lost the premiership on the last day of the season and came runners up in the FA cup. In 1996 Ferguson won the title despite being heavily criticized for having such a young squad, although it was Ferguson who came out on top playing mind games with Kevin Keegan, and his quote during that year, when he burst out on live television, shouting “I would love it if we beat them , love it”. He also won the FA cup in the same year, not bad for a manager heavily criticized. 1997 saw Sir Alex win the title for the fourth time in five seasons, and reached the semi-final of the champions league. Another blip on an impressive ten years saw the team trophy less in 1998, with arsenal and Arsene Wenger who went on to be a great rival of Sir Alex winning the premiership that year. However in 1999 Sir Alex went onto have his greatest achievement in football winning the treble, of the Premiership title the FA Cup and the Champions league. This had never been achieved before in history and was even more dramatic in the fact that Man United looked down and out in all most all of the finals but some amazing tactics and late substitutions meant they won the matches, mainly in the last dying seconds. For this and other awards Sir Alex was awarded a knighthood for services to the game of football on the 12th of June 1999. In the next two years Sir Alex went onto win the premiership twice making it three years in a row for the title most notably in 2000 with just three premiership defeats. Timeline Slide 13: THE DIFFICULT YEARS AND PERHAPS RETIRMENT 2001-2006 In 2001 Man United went on to not win a single trophy, having been so successful in previous years this was deemed as a failure, even though they only lost the premiership in the penultimate game. 2002 was meant to be Sir Alex’s last year in management, due to the looming date of his retirement, his team suffered a major dip in form, and eventually he agreed to sign for another three years. Much has been made about Sir Alex’s retirement but I think his wife Cathy sums it up the best when in a newspaper article in the Independent she states “Why not carry on?” , “retire when you feel tired‘. So Sir Alex did carry on, and in 2003 they won the Premiership title again, with Sir Alex declaring on TV that “it was his most satisfying ever”. In 2004 Ferguson won the FA Cup but it was not a good season as his team finished third in the Premiership and a early champions league exit. With Rio Ferdinand missing a drug’s test and banned for eight months, it was a difficult year for the manager supremo. In 2005 Man United finished third for the fourth time in four years and lost in the final of the FA Cup, however more importantly that year they were major developments away from the pitch, with Malcolm Glazier purchasing the club after much disgruntled protests and arguing between the fans and major shareholders. This disrupted the plans of the club and the transfer market that season, with Ferguson reportedly being unhappy at this take over a fact that he has never denied. Also the long serving captain Roy Keane left the club in December 2005, with Sir Alex showing his ruthlessness in a falling out and disposing of one of his all time favourite players. Timeline Slide 14: BACK TO WINNING WAYS 2006 TO 2008 Sir Alex won an impressive eighth premiership title in 2006 with some key signings being made as well, including Carrick and Vidic. On 6th November 2006 Sir Alex celebrated 20 years as a manger of Man Utd, and shortly after Cristianio Ronaldo another great signing by Sir Alex scored the 2000 goal for Man Utd under his management. Sir Alex won his ninth premiership title in 2007 but could not win the Champions league losing in the semi-finals, and also losing in the final of the FA Cup to Chelsea. Sir Alex had his worst start yet to a season in 2008, however he was able to recover and a close title race ensured, Sir Alex also stated in a article in the Observer that this was the best squad he had ever assembled. His team eventually won the premiership making it an amazing ten titles, but what was remarkable is that the date the title was won was exactly 25 years to the day that he lead Aberdeen to glory in the European Cup. He was quick to add to this success adding the European champions Cup when beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties. Making it an impressive double winning year. He has stated in the daily mail recently that “he intends to retire in the next couple of years” although that has recently been rejected by David Gill the Manchester Utd chief executive, but what ever happens he will always be one of the greatest managers ever to have lived. To find out some of his other achievements please click on the link below or alternatively please click on the link to return back to the timeline. Timeline Achievements Slide 15: Sir Alex Ferguson Outstanding Achievements 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 association Only manager to win the top league Honours and the double north and south of the England –Scotland border Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Commander of the British Empire, Knight Bachelor Numerous league manager yearly and monthly awards Numerous Manger awards including BBC coach of the year Timeline Slide 16: References The Boss- Crick Michael 2003 The Many sides of Sir Alex Mail Online UK The Independent The observer The times online sport - Man united FC –{78F24B85-702C-4DC8-A5D4-2F67252C28AA}&itype=12977&pagebuildpageid=2716&bg=1 Google – Google images – BBC NEWS – BBC SPORT – Timeline

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