Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson UEFA Champions League Coach

The Early Years

During his youth Sir Alex Ferguson played as striker for several Scottish league sides, including Queen’s Park, Dunfermline and his childhood heroes Rangers.
Despite an excellent scoring record Ferguson seemed to attract controversy and bad luck and a defensive error in the 1969 Scottish Cup final that saw his club Rangers concede a goal ultimately proved sufficient to sour his relationship with the club and push him into coaching.

Coaching Career

Sir Alex Ferguson began coaching at the relatively early age of 32 when his first coaching job was taken at East Stirlingshire. From there he moved between Scottish clubs, eventually earning a position at major Scottish club Aberdeen.
Within two years Ferguson showed his formidable ability as manager by coaching Aberdeen to a Scottish Premier League title – one of the rare occasions the domestic league was not won by either Rangers or Celtic. The following year Aberdeen won the Scottish Cup during a period when Ferguson cut his teeth as a tough, uncompromising coach with a reputation for a harsh temper.

UEFA Champions League Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson joined a demoralised Manchester United in 1986, and with a year at the club had pushed the Red Devils up to second place on the Premier League table. In the next decade Ferguson built Manchester United into a formidable club. United claimed its first league title under Ferguson in 1993 and went on to win at least one piece of silverware in each of the next ten seasons.
The UEFA Champions League coach’s finest hour came in 1999 when Manchester United qualified for the finals of the UEFA Champions League having already won the domestic league and FA Cup ‘double’. In a pulsating final Manchester United came back from 1-0 down, scoring two goals in injury time to win the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.

Manchester United Football Club

Sir Alex Ferguson was initially scheduled to retire as United manager in 2002, but a dip in form in response to his plans saw the Champions League coach remain at the club’s helm. Since abandoning his retirement plans the seven times Premier League ‘Manager of the Year’ has won another four Premier League titles with Manchester United and guided his club to victory in the 2007/2008 Champions League.