5. Sir Alex Ferguson 

Sir Alex Ferguson poses during a press conference ahead of the publication of his autobiography at the Institute of Directors on October 22, 2013, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The football world has been waiting with baited breath for the release of Sir Alex Ferguson’s second autobiography, which covers the period since his first tome in 1999.

From his relationship with Roy Keane to loyalty with the Glazers, via José Mourinho, Pizzagate, Man City the autobiography doesn’t disappoint us.

Ferguson claims the FA used to go after high-profile targets, such as Manchester United and Wayne Rooney because it resulted in a favourable publicity. “It was never really possible to work out who was running English football’s governing body,” he writes. “A committee of 100 people can’t produce sensible management.

Ferguson considered David Beckham to be one of his chief regrets. He came to believe that Beckham had forgotten what had made him a star and, increasingly, neglected to work as hard on the pitch. Ferguson kicked a boot at Beckham in the dressing room, it hit him across the brow and, when the player allowed the wound to be photographed the following day, Ferguson made the decision to sell him.

The Pizzagate match at Old Trafford “scrambled Arsène’s brain”. Even then, says Ferguson, he can identify with “the sharp change in him when the whistle blew”


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