The Gaffer: Alex Ferguson

Teams Managed: East Stirlingshire, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Scotland, Manchester United

Titles: European Cup 1999, 2008 Intercontinental/World Club Cup 1999, 2008 European Cup Winners Cup 1983, 1991 European Super Cup 1983, 1991 Scottish League 1980, 1984, 1986 English League 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 Scottish FA Cup 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 Scottish League Cup 1986 English FA Cup 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004 English League Cup 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010

As a centre forward Alex Ferguson wasn’t a bad striker at all. Scoring goals wherever he went in Scotland most notably at Dunfermline Athletic before moving to Rangers for a short spell before Falkirk.

But as a Gaffer Fergie was much better than alright. He was top class and regarded by many amongst the best to have ever Managed in the game.

Ferguson cut his teeth in Management in 1974 as he was given the East Stirlingshire job aged 32. Moving to St Mirren shortly after where he managed a team from the bottom half of the Scottish Second tier to First Division Champions in 1977 and promotion to the Scottish Premier Division.

In 1978 Fergie joined Aberdeen in a move that would start his imperial legacy as a top class Manager. Within two years he took a team that had won only one league title in 1955 to become champions of Scotland becoming the first team in 14 years outside the Old Firm to win it. By the time he left the club in 1986 he had won the league three times, the Scottish Cup four times the Scottish League Cup and had beating Real Madrid in the final of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup on the top of his CV.

After standing in as Scotland Manager following the death of Jock Stein in 1986 Ferguson joined Manchester United in England following the sacking of Ron Atkinson although finished disappointedly eleventh in the table that season. A year later a much improved side finished second to Liverpool in the football league but it wasn’t until 1990 when Fergie had his first United trophy. One that many regard saved his job.

The FA Cup win against Crystal Palace sparked off a domino effect. A year later United beat Barcelona to win the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, the year after they won the League Cup, just missing out on the league and in 1993 United won their first title in 26 years.

The rest is glorious history as United and Ferguson added another 12 Premier League titles. In all he won 13 championships in England, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 10 Community Shields, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues a Cup Winners Cup, Super Cup an Intercontinental Cup and World Club Cup.

Known as a tough disciplinarian Ferguson’s style was to play an attacking balanced brand of football, he nurtured the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville through the famous Manchester United Academy and signed the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo who all went on to significantly contribute to his and United’s success.

Major Domestic League wins: 16

Major Domestic Cup wins: 14

Continental Cup wins: 2

Other Continental Trophy wins: 4

Intercontinental/World Club Cup wins: 2

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