Sir Alex Ferguson
Forward thinking – Issue 3 (October 2010)
In November this year, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE celebrates 24 years in charge of Manchester United. The Glaswegian is the longest-serving and most successful manager in British football, having clinched 43 trophies for the Red Devils.
His early years in management saw him enjoy spells at St Mirren and East Stirling, before joining Aberdeen in 1978. His record of 10 trophies in seven years signalled the most successful period in the Dons’ history, and after managing Scotland at the 1986 World Cup, United came calling.
It took him four years to secure a first major honour south of the border – the 1990 FA Cup – and a further three to land the Premier League title. But Ferguson hasn’t looked back, winning a further nine league championships and numerous other domestic honours, plus the European Cup twice. He has also been named England’s Manager of the Year nine times, the LMA Manager of the Year twice, plus the Manager of the Decade for the 1990s.
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