Sir Alex Ferguson has been Manchester United manager for an incredible 25 years and saw the North Stand at Old Trafford named after him this season.
The manager has claimed that he been allowed to be successful for so long because the club isn’t reactionary and has been supportive of his long term plans.
“It has a lot to do with the club,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with a more long-term view and change direction towards where I think it should go. I can plan two or three years ahead, which is something that doesn’t happen hardly anywhere else. This is a results industry and if a manager loses four or five games in a row then his job is under threat. But at United that scenario simply isn’t possible. I’m in charge of all footballing matters, including our scouting network and youth teams. In that sense I’m very fortunate, because I can make quick decisions on who to bring in next to strengthen the squad and where to get them from.”
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