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Alex Ferguson

  • Scottish coach
  • Born December 31, 1941

Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson (born 31 December 1941) is a Scottish former football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is considered one of the greatest and most successful managers of all time.Ferguson played as a forward for several Scottish clubs, including Dunfermline Athletic and Rangers. While playing for Dunfermline, he was the top goalscorer in the Scottish league in the 1965–66 season. Towards the end of his playing career he also worked as a coach, then started his managerial career with East Stirlingshire and St Mirren.


You can't applaud a referee.




You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.




I do believe in fate.




If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.




Well, football is a hard game; there's no denying it. It's a game that can bring out the worst in you, at times.




The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience, and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.




I feel sympathy for the working class lad. I've always championed about ticket prices and try to equate that to people's salaries.




The work of a team should always embrace a great player but the great player must always work.




I've never played for a draw in my life.




I tell the players that the bus is moving. This club has to progress. And the bus wouldn't wait for them. I tell them to get on board.




In England, it's a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it's much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury.




The culmination of three trophies was the pinnacle of my career and it has been rewarded with a knighthood.




Sometimes you're not sure about a player. Sometimes you doubt. Sometimes you have to guess. Sometimes... you just know.




Football management is such a pressurised thing - horseracing is a release. I'm also learning to play the piano - I'm quite determined - it's another release from the pressure of my job.




Sometimes in football you have to hold your hand up and say, yeah, they're better than us.




As long as there are games to play it is not over.




I don't like losing but I've mellowed. I maybe have a short fuse but it goes away quicker now.




Her Majesty said she hoped I would have time for my horses - I own two and have shares in four.




If I have my health I can carry on. There will be a point when I do quit but I have absolutely no idea when that is.




Myths grow all the time. If I was to listen to the number of times I've thrown teacups then we've gone through some crockery in this place. It's completely exaggerated, but I don't like people arguing back with me.




There are members of the London press who seek to antagonise me, deliberately.




If we can play like that every week we'll get some level of consistency.




I'm going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don't fly. They're the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over - so it's teamwork.



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