Sir Alex Ferguson has no remorse about turning down the England captaincy on two occasions.
Sir Alex Ferguson was approached twice to take over as England manager, but the proud Scotsman turned down both offers, saying “not in a million years could I have managed England.” Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson was twice approached to take over as England manager while in charge of the Red Devils, but he turned down both offers.
The 79-year-old had an illustrious career at Old Trafford, winning 13 Premier League titles and transforming United into England’s premier club.
Ferguson is largely recognized as the greatest Premier League manager of all time.
The proud Glaswegian, though, could never have taken the job as England manager. Especially now that he is in control of Scotland on a temporary basis.
Ferguson, who was the assistant manager at the time of Jock Stein’s death, was named interim manager and led Scotland to the 1986 World Cup in Stein’s absence.
Ferguson stated that he had other options in international management, but that leading the England national team was out of the question: “There’s no way I could have taken the job,” he remarked at the Sky Sports launch of his autobiography.
“It was actually the Scots lad from the post office, what was his name?” Jose. Jose was the first, and when they approached Martin Edwards the second time, I urged Martin to forget it. “I’m not interested,” says the narrator. Would you have preferred Sir Alex Ferguson to be England’s manager? Please share your thoughts in the comments area.
“They made the opportunity for me to lead the squad,… it didn’t take me long, around 10 seconds,” Ferguson continued.
“However, I could never have managed England.” There is no way. I could never have managed England in a million years.
“Imagine me returning to Scotland. “Dear me,” she says.