Sir Alex Ferguson‘s book release next week is probably the most eagerly anticipated Manchester United book, ever.
Fans can’t wait to read about the thought process of our greatest ever manager and in a fantastic preview, The Telegraph have released a few extracts to give an early insight into what the book will have to offer.
They talk about everything from how he used to criticise players with a ‘velvet glove’ to Ferguson fulfilling a life long dream of a boat trip in the Highlands, but Ferguson’s comments about his role at United are particularly interesting.
‘My life as a United person continues,” he said.
“And that means winning; enjoying watching them winning. I don’t need to worry about refereeing decisions, agents or the press any more. The best thing that’s happened to me, without doubt, is that I don’t see my name in the papers.
“What used to annoy me about the weekly [Friday] press conference in particular was that Sky used to run it for 24 hours. Every 20 minutes. I used to go crazy about that. It used to annoy me. I don’t need to worry about that now. It’s a relief not having to read about yourself all the time. It’s bloody boring.”
“But there’s one thing you should always have as a manager. By the time you pick the team you should never think you’re not going to win. I always thought my teams would win, no matter how many injuries I had. I dismissed them. They were no use to me. I think that’s a quality. Once they put that red jersey on, we were all right.”
Ferguson was never controlled by the media. The media was controlled by what information he wanted to give them. His relationship with the press was far from savoury at the best of times and it isn’t a surprise to hear that one of the things he misses the least is having his name over every page every week.
The 71-year-old also discussed his current role with United. He revealed that Ed Woodward is still getting help from David Gill and that he has been in constant contact with David Moyes, something that will no doubt help him in his first few years as a United manager – who better is there to go to for help than the man he replaced?
‘I’m a spectator with responsibility,” Ferguson said.
“I’m a director and I want to make a contribution as a director that will play a part. We’ve got a young chief executive now [Ed Woodward] who will need help, I think. And David Gill [his predecessor] is still there to help him.
“We’ve got a young manager and I’m there to help him. We’ve had a lot of dialogue, David [Moyes] and I, over the last few weeks, and he’s been very, very good. He’s been very open about what his plans have been. Any help he’s needed or wanted, he’s got it there.”
Read the full extract from The Telegraph as it really is a fantastic preview of the book.