Sir Alex Ferguson, Coach cum Manager of Manchester United
“’At the end of this game, the European Cup will be only six feet away from you, and you’ll not even able to touch it if we lose. And for many of you, that will be the closest you will ever get. Don’t you dare come back in here without giving your all.’ (1999 European Cup final with Bayern Munich, half-time team-talk)”
Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as the greatest football manager of all time, was also widely feared as a strict disciplinarian and fearsome teacher. He is most famous for coaching, nurturing and presenting the “Class of 92” to the footballing arena, with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers being his “fledglings”.
From 1986 to 2013, 26 years, he created and developed victorious sides for four different eras and managed sides to unprecedented success in five different eras, in Manchester United.