The retired Sir Alex Ferguson is viewed by many as the greatest manager of all time. He is most widely revered as the coach who led Manchester United to the 13 league titles that helped them surpass Liverpool as the most successful team in English football history, but others will remember him differently. Aberdeen fans, for one, will always cherish the manager who overcame the odds to lead them to victory over Real Madrid in the final of the 1983 Cup Winners’ Cup.
It is little surprise that so many – players, coaches, managers and more distant observers – speak so passionately about not just his remarkable success, but also his influence. Many of those who have worked under or alongside Ferguson, or indeed faced him from the opposition dugout, have given exclusive interviews to The Coaches’ Voice – so we have collated some of the fascinating insights they have given us into Fergie the coach and Fergie the character. That starts with a member of the famed Class of ’92.