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Shares in Wrigleys Plummet

So Sir Alex is to retire after 27 years as manager of Manchester United. During that time United have won an astonishing 38 trophies.

It was though his winning of the European Cup Winners Cup 30 years ago in a final against Real Madrid whilst with Aberdeen that remains his greatest achievement.

The best football manager ever? In terms of trophies that’s almost certainly true.

It looks like another Scot, Everton’s Davie Moyes could be named today as Ferguson’s successor. Moyes is a guy who appears to be in a similar mould to Ferguson with the added advantage of being quite likeable.


8 Responses

  1. All the fawning commentators yesterday waxed lyrical about his victories. All without exception ignored his Aberdeen days!
    I heard the man on Sky indicated Moyes has no European experience, said his friend, “Neither had Fergie when he came to Man U!”

    Vote ‘YES!’ in September!

  2. Winning a major European trophy with Aberdeen was certainly astonishing but it hardly compares to winning the treble with Utd.. They beat off a great Arsenal side in the league, Defeated Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle in the FA Cup and got past Barcelona,Juventus and Bayern Munich to win the CL.

    In the last 53 days of the season Utd had to play 14 games, 10 of them away from home!! The man-management skills by Ferguson were amazing

    Not only was it an astonishing feat in itself but the manner in which it was achieved was truly remarkable.

    I’m sure even Sralx wouldn’t admit to the treble being the highlight of his career but to my mind it’s still his greatest achievement.

    • A great achievement for sure Kevin but beating Bayern Munich (the favourites) over two legs and then Real Madrid in the final of a European competition (not to mention subsequently winning the European Super Cup!) with a Scottish provincial club is an achievement that I can quite safely say will never be repeated. I’m not quite so certain that United won’t win another treble.

      • Sralx ? There must be some law against abbreviation of a Knight of the Realm. His record at Aberdeen could have been a stand alone – most trophies with one club outside the old firm. Surely his greatest achievement was two decades of dominance in England – Chapman, Busby, Shankly, Revie, Clough, Paisley and Wenger came nowhere near this. During this time, Manchester United were always good to watch – attacking, swashbuckling football. Much is said about him creating seige mentalities to foster team spirit, but his ability to force himself into everyone’s faces all the time consistently took the pressure of his players on the park. He first did it this at St Mirren, in September 1975, he managed to talk up the home fixture with Partick Thistle to such an extent that over 10,000 turned up. Every 1st Division club wanted to stuff St Mirren just to shut him up. He managed to get his young kids promoted the following season.
        The first time I saw him was when he scored Falkirk’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Boghead on 14th March 1970. Falkirk’s first goal was by one Andrew Roxburgh.

        • I missed those goals. I only saw the second half as I was doing a sponsored walk that morning. Jonny Graham’s goal for the Sons was a thing of beauty though.

  3. Ahh, the pet-boutique owners non-apostrophe strikes again. Wrigley’s, dear boy, Wrigley’s.

  4. Whats (what’s) not to like about Fergie?

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