Sir Alex Ferguson has named the three most important attributes that helped him succeed in management.
After 26 years spent at Old Trafford, Ferguson left Manchester United as arguably the game’s greatest ever manager following an unprecedented spell of winning trophies at the club which included 13 Premier League titles among 38 major honours in total.
His unrivalled achievements across his reign ensured his name will be synonymous with United’s rich history indefinitely.
Ferguson has acted as a club ambassador and director since retirement and, while his days on the training ground are now well behind him, the legendary manager has given some coaching advice through UEFA.com to budding young coaches in football.
Ferguson admitted he has ‘great affection’ for students learning their craft in coaching.
“I really have a great affection for people who are learning the game and want to be coaches and managers,” Ferguson said.
“I started [managing] at 32 years of age, and, of course, in the time from there on, you do learn. But I honestly would say that going into management at 32, there were a couple of things that I knew that were useful.
“One, I could make a decision; two, I played the game; and three, I had my coaching [qualifications].
“Now, these things are really important. Other things, I developed by the learning process if you give it time, particularly communication. I think when you’re in charge of a football team, you’re not just in charge of 11 players on the pitch.”