Alex Ferguson

  • Too much money being spent on football transfers, says Ferguson September 7, 2014

    Money is the name of the game but the huge sums spent on football transfers are jawdropping, coaching icon Sir Alex Ferguson said on Thursday. Speaking two days after a wideranging study showed that transfer fee inflation in Europe's top leagues has hit 16 percent, and that his old club Manchester...
  • European coaches ponder changes to away goals rule September 5, 2014

    Europe's top club coaches have been contemplating whether the away goals rule should remain in force in the Champions League and Europa League. The rule was introduced nearly 50 years ago when playing away in Europe was a novelty, but critics say it has now become counterproductive, unnecessary and unfair. "There was...
  • UEFA ponders Champions League seeding changes September 4, 2014

    Geneva: UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, is considering how to change the seedings for the Champions League clubs, with one option guaranteeing topseeding to winners of highranked leagues. Currently, UEFA ranks clubs over five years of competition results, leaving national champions Manchester City, Juventus and Paris SaintGermain among...
  • Manchester United sell misfit Bebe to Benfica July 26, 2014

    Lisbon: Benfica have signed Bebe from Manchester United in a deal worth up to three million euros ($4.03 million), the Premier League club said on Friday as the forward ended a difficult fouryear spell in England. Bebe was bought for 7.4 million pounds from Vitoria de Guimaraes in August 2010 by...
  • Rio Ferdinand hopes to erase 'embarrassing' year at Manchester United April 28, 2014

    Rio Ferdinand hopes to remain at Manchester United to help resurrect the fallen Premier League giants after an "embarrassing" season under former manager David Moyes. With his contract set to expire in June, the 35yearold former England captain had appeared set to finish his 12year career at the club after being...
  • Ferguson backs Giggs for permanent Manchester United job April 26, 2014

    Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Ryan Giggs is the ideal person to take over as the club's fulltime manager. Giggs, 40, was put in temporary charge of United after the club sacked David Moyes on Tuesday, ending his dismal 10 months at Old Trafford. "I think that he (Giggs)...
  • David Moyes pays price for self-inflicted blunders April 22, 2014

    More than a decade of perceived over-achievement at Everton helped propel David Moyes into the Manchester United hot-seat but in a far more complex and unforgiving environment his shortcomings were ruthlessly exposed. Having come from a club where expectations were modest and the budget slim, Moyes suddenly found himself at a...
  • Manchester United count cost of flawed transition April 22, 2014

    Even while accustomed to success, Manchester United realized just how reliant their unprecedented dominance were on the managerial mastery of Alex Ferguson. "Any successor to our current manager may not be as successful," the club's American owners warned potential investors in 2012, a year before Ferguson's sudden retirement after delivering 38...
  • Alex Ferguson to become a Harvard lecturer April 4, 2014

    Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will be swapping the dugout for the lectern after agreeing a long-term teaching position at Harvard University. The 72-year-old Scot, who ended his glittering reign at Old Trafford last year after 26 years in charge, will share his wisdom as an academic in a new...
  • Even Ferguson would have struggled this season, says Moyes March 29, 2014

    Even the great Alex Ferguson would have struggled as manager of Manchester United this season, his under-fire successor David Moyes said on Saturday. The Premier League champions are languishing in seventh place in the table, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea and 12 behind Arsenal who occupy the final Champions League qualifying...
  • United, City renew hostilities in Manchester derby March 25, 2014

    Manchester: As statements of intent go, it couldn't have been much bigger. "If we only consider this season," Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said, "there is just one club in Manchester - and it's ours." That comment - an eye-catching one from a coach usually so reserved in front of the media...
  • Manchester United's displays have been shameful this season March 22, 2014

    With the retirement of legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, things were going to be different. But the change has been rather dramatic. From being title contenders to mid table dwellers - it has been a fight this season for Manchester United to keep their reputation intact. David Moyes' boys are going...
  • Alex Ferguson congratulates Arsene Wenger on managerial milestone March 21, 2014

    London: Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson spoke of his admiration for Arsenal on Friday as he congratulated old foe Arsene Wenger for reaching his 1,000th game in charge. The pair, now friends, had an intense rivalry as managers and did not speak to each other for five years after a...
  • I still have the belt my teacher used to beat me with at school: Alex Ferguson February 28, 2014

    London: Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says he owes his success to being beaten with a belt by his favourite school-teacher when he stepped out of line as a schoolboy. Ferguson, 72, the most successful manager in British soccer history, says he now has the belt in his study at...
  • Alex Ferguson appointed to UEFA coaching role January 24, 2014

    Nyon, Switzerland: UEFA has appointed Alex Ferguson to oversee its coaching programs. UEFA President Michel Platini says the former Manchester United manager will be chairman of its elite club coaches' conference held each September. Ferguson says "it is an honour and a privilege to accept this role." Ferguson retired last May after 27...
  • Manchester United in decline as David Moyes era faces crunch time January 6, 2014

    England: Moments before Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford for the final time as a coach, he issued a defiant message to the Manchester United fans who were so used to hanging on his every word. "I'd like to remind you," Ferguson said as he stood inside the center circle, getting lightly...
  • No home comforts as United fans turn on David Moyes January 6, 2014

    Manchester: When Alex Ferguson finally called time on his career, he stood on the Old Trafford pitch and invited Manchester United fans to support his successor by remembering the dark times as well as the good. "I'd also like to remind you that when we had bad times here, the club...
  • Man United comeback never in doubt, says Moyes December 27, 2013

    Manchester: Troubled though his early months at Manchester United have been, manager David Moyes can rest easy that his side have lost none of the fighting spirit they used to display regularly under Alex Ferguson. When the champions fell 20 down after 13 minutes at Hull City on Thursday, United's seemed...
  • Football Yearender: Bayern Munich, Ferguson hog the limelight December 19, 2013

    From Bayern Muinch becoming the European powerhouse to shocking exit of Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson, football saw the best and the worst happening in the year 2013. Here are some of the events that caught everyone's attention on and off the pitch. Brazil the centre of attention ahead of 2014...
  • Famous football retirements in 2013 December 16, 2013

    The retirement of iconic Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson grabbed the most primetime space around the world, but there were big names like David Beckham, Michael Owen, Paul Scholes and Louis Saha who also hung their boots in 2013. Here's the elite list: Alex Ferguson The Manchester United manager announced his retirement...
  • I'm responsible for Manchester United's poor results: David Moyes December 9, 2013

    London: David Moyes said Manchester United's players are hurting after consecutive Premier League defeats at Old Trafford but he was "responsible" for the club's poor start to the season. United languish in ninth place in the Premier League following 10 losses to Everton and Newcastle United in the space of...
  • Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography It's about control and settling old scores December 5, 2013

    Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography sees how the former Manchester United boss transformed a struggling club into one of the world's best; across 26 years, how he transformed United from just another football club into a worldwide business brand. Rather than 'My Autobiography', the book should have really been called "Settling Old...
  • Poll: Tendulkar, Jobs, Agassi whose goodbye speech did you love the most? November 19, 2013

    It's never easy to say goodbye. Tennis great Andre Agassi broke down on the field and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar bid a sombre adieu to millions of fans in a speech televised live. Their speeches made you love them more and had you tear up too as you realise that this...
  • Moyes packs Fergie's autobiography for Sociedad trip November 5, 2013

    Manchester: Manchester United manager David Moyes has the perfect troubleshooting guide with him if Tuesday's encounter at Real Sociedad is not going to plan, having packed Alex Ferguson's autobiography in his suitcase. When his retired predecessor's book came out last month, Moyes said he was too busy to read it but...
  • Eriksson agreed to replace Ferguson at Manchester United in 2002 November 4, 2013

    Former England manager SvenGoran Eriksson says he signed a contract to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when the Scot announced his intention to retire in 2002. Ferguson stepped down after 27 years in charge at Old Trafford at the end of last season but had previously indicated that he would...
  • Moyes enjoys late victory straight out of Fergie manual October 26, 2013

    London: It is unlikely David Moyes has had time to read Alex Ferguson's latest autobiography yet but the way his Manchester United pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday was straight out of the old master's manual. Trailing 21 at home to Stoke City in the 78th minute...
  • Alex Ferguson return cannot be ruled out, says Arsene Wenger October 26, 2013

    London: Alex Ferguson could return to a job in football management despite his retirement at the end of last season, according to his old Arsenal adversary Arsene Wenger. "In six months we will know more about that. You cannot rule it completely out," Wenger was quoted as saying about the former...
  • Rooney gets Fergie's autobiography from his mates as birthday gift October 24, 2013

    London: Manchester United team mates have clubbed together to buy Wayne Rooney a special present for his 28th birthday on Thursday former manager Alex Ferguson's autobiography which criticises the forward for being a slow learner with fitness problems. Not that the England and United multimillionaire is too bothered what Ferguson...
  • Wayne Rooney thankful Ferguson has set record straight October 24, 2013

    Manchester: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was glad on Wednesday former manager Alex Ferguson had now backtracked on comments that triggered months of speculation over the player's future. Before bowing out after winning a 13th Premier League trophy of his almost 27year reign at Old Trafford in May, Ferguson said the...
  • Grand setting as Ferguson delivers word from on high October 22, 2013

    London: It was irreverently described as the biggest book release since The Bible and the publishers certainly guarded Alex Ferguson's latest book of revelations with more reverence than most football autobiographies. Ferguson, who retired as Manchester United manager in May, arrived to meet the world's media in a grand, chanderliered hall...