The former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish praised the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by saying that he is a true genius. Even though there have been a lot of reports and interviews about his management style, the Scotsman has said that people only know only the tip of an iceberg when it comes to Ferguson. Ferguson has spent the last 26 years managing Manchester United, during which time he has managed to make that club incredibly successful in English football and in Europe. At 70 years of age, he is widely expected to retire in the next few seasons.
Alex McLeish has pointed out to the incredible detailing put in by the manager Sir Alex Ferguson in every aspect of the club. At Manchester United, Ferguson not only oversees the tactical and coaching aspects of the team, but also the transfer policy and the youth team setup as well. As a result, he has been able to be incredibly successful by not only having youth teams success, but also success in the form of players being brought in for a transfer fees as well. Alex McLeish is currently out of work after being sacked by Aston Villa during the summer. He has said that he is hoping to return to football management as soon as possible.
“I sincerely hope that those Harvard academics who worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson realise how fortunate they have been. I can absolutely guarantee this morning that any coach worth his salt will be trying desperately to source that blueprint for success. They will not be able to replicate the genius of Sir Alex Ferguson – no matter how hard they try,” said the former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish who used to play under Sir Alex Ferguson when he was at Aberdeen.