Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson is a Scottish former manager and player, born December, 31, 1941. He is best known for coaching Manchester United from 1986 to 2013.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, Ferguson has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football.
Ferguson is well known for valuing youth during his time with Manchester United, this attributes contributed to making the club one of the richest and most successful in the world.
The early life of Ferguson
Ferguson was born on December 31, 1941, in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland.
He was raised alongside a younger brother. Young Ferguson started playing soccer at a very young age.
Although his future career as a professional athlete seemed quite certain, Ferguson also became a toolmaker’s apprentice during his early years – presumably as a back-up plan.
At 16-year-old Ferguson was already playing for Queen’s Park. He scored 20 goals in 31 games, but despite this, he was moved to St. Johnstone.
By 1964, Ferguson had become a full-time professional footballer playing for Dunfermline.
During the 1965-66 season, he became the top scorer in the Scottish league with 31 goals. This milestone earned him a slot at Ranger for 65,000 pounds – a record for Scottish football at the time. Over the next few years, Ferguson played for Falkirk before finishing his career at Ayr United in 1974.
Alex Ferguson got more popular as a manager as he trumped year in, year out.
He began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire at the age of 32, and he was given a salary of 40 pounds per week for this part-time job.
He inherited an extremely disorganized team that did not even have a goalkeeper. After whipping East Stirlingshire into shape, he moved to St Mirren.
Ferguson led the young team to victory and he won the First Division championship in 1977. He was then sacked by St Mirren.
For the record, St Mirren remain the only club in history to ever fire him.
In 1978, Sir Alex Ferguson started managing Aberdeen – one of the major clubs in the Scottish league. After a rocky start, Aberdeen won the Scottish league in 1980.
In 1983, they won the European Winners’ Cup, and in 1983 Aberdeen followed up with a win at the European Super Cup. That same season, they also won the Scottish league.
Ferguson’s achievement earned him a managing role in the Scottish national team in mid-80s. Throughout the end of his tenure at Aberdeen, Ferguson was receiving many offers from English clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, and others.
The England move
Ferguson later moved to England with an offer from Manchester United. The club was in terrible condition, but he managed to lift them from 21st place in the league to 11th during his first season.
With a number of new players he managed to lead United to second place in the league the next season. The next few years seemed bad for the Scottish manager, and the team finished just outside the relegation zone in 1989.
Fans and football lovers called for Ferguson to be fired.
Things got better with a number of bright young players taking to the pitch for Manchester United for the first time. Ferguson also signed established players such as Eric Cantona and Van Nistelrooy.
A number of titles followed before United’s young superstars became aging veterans and again Ferguson was forced to rebuild.
In 2006, his new squad which included Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney succeeded in winning the Champions League – the second time Ferguson had achieved this.
In May of 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager of Manchester United after helping them win the Premier League title one final time.
During his long managerial career, Ferguson was enmeshed in many controversies.
One of the first notable case was in regards to Gordon Strachan, a Scottish player who was playing under Alex at Aberdeen. After leaving Aberdeen to sign with Manchester United, Strachan found himself reunited with his old manager in 1986. However, their relationship soured and Ferguson sold Strachan to Leeds. Strachan then helped Leeds beat Manchester United in 1992, winning the Premier League title.
Over the years, Strachan and Ferguson have become enemies, with Alex frequently describing Gordon as deceptive and one that cannot be trusted.
Ferguson also had a major face-off with soccer legend David Beckham during his time at Manchester United. Beckham has repeatedly accused Alex of kicking a football boot towards him, causing a minor facial injury. This was during a hot-tempered argument in the dressing room at half time during one game. The relationship continued to sour, and Beckham left to play for Real Madrid within one year.
Over the years, Ferguson has been fined repeatedly by the FA. In 2003, he was fined 20,000 pounds after verbally abusing a fourth official.
In 2007, he was banned for two games after insulting referee Mark Clattenburg.
In 2008, he was fined a further 10,000 pounds after he accused referee Mike Dean of being unfair.
In 2009, Fergie was banned for four matches and fined 20,000 pounds after suggesting that referee Alan Wiley was not fit enough.
After publicly questioning referee Martin Atkinson, Sir Alex was fined 30,000 pounds and was banned for five matches.
Alex Ferguson married his wife Cathy and they had three children – including twins.