Sir Alex Ferguson


Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before moving to manage St. Mirren. After being sacked by St. Mirren Ferguson went on to manage Aberdeen where he had considerable success including winning the Scottish First Division and the European Cup Winners‘ Cup. Ferguson was briefly manager of the Scotland National Team before becoming the manager of Manchester United in 1986. At Manchester United he won more trophies than anyone else in the history of the English game before retiring in 2013.

5 Coaching Points from Sir Alex

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all my life I have based my creed on passing the ball, rhythm and tempo. What about that straight pass you gave … Pass the ball to help your man make progress or do damage, not put him in trouble or stop him dead.Alex Ferguson - Managing My Life
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Ferguson has always tried to have attacking wingers. He has the resources to buy great attacking players like Ronaldo, Rooney, Berbatov. On defenders he values experience and at Aberdeen talked of the need to have a defensive unit and players who have played together. 

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The best teams stand out because they are teams, because the individuals members have been so truly integrated that the team functions as a single spirit. Feeding of strengths and compensate for weaknesses. Talent and team spirit lead to success. 

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Ferguson believes in small sided games, passing and moving. 

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Occasionally a player is so exceptional that sides will man mark them putting a player on with the role of specifically marking one player. Alex Ferguson was sufficiently worried about Ronaldo to have a player man to man mark him. Sheringham (a tall forward) in one game was told specifically to help out when defending set plays against a taller team.

it is important they play together a lot and have good understanding. Forwards too need to be on the same wavelength but failure to do so usually leads to no more than a wasted opportunity, in defence it can lead to a goal and cost you the game.
Ferguson points out the importance of concentration and the fact that lack of it can be costly. British players need to develop this and the need to curtail what they feel is their game to fit in with the team. An example he identifies Paul Ince who as a player who would not always follow instructions. In a crucial European game he was told to stay in front of the back 4 in a defensive role. Ince played his own game. Ferguson saw this as one main reason Man United were defeated in a European game.
The pace of Andreir Kancheski and Ryan Giggs on the wings were a threat to an-ybody playing around the halfway line. The result was that the opposition started to drop back to the edge of their box so they wouldn‘t get caught by the speed of our wingers. Ferguson went on to buy Dwight Yorke who offered more danger in the area around the box.