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I've just watched the Frost show interviewing Sir Alex Ferguson on Sky Sports 1, anyone saw it and what did they think of the programme?

It was a fascinating insight to the boss's life and life around Manchester United football club, talking about the possibility of becoming a politician over becoming a professional footballer, the players he would of loved to have bought to the club such as Gascgoine and Shearer, the past legends at Manchester United, he regarded Cantona, Beckham, Keane and Stam as top players he's had, referees and his future out of the game.

He also mentioned, which was compelling, that if Paul Gasciogne (which he regarded him as one of the best young players he's seen) had of came to United, then he would of had alot help from the likes of Bobby Charlton, Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson and Gary Pallister who were all from the North-East, and they might of made him one of the best players of his generation.

Sir Alex is hoping to learn how to play the piano when he retires because at the moment, he hasn't got the time but he said he would hire a tutor once he retires.

He also stays in close contact with friends that he's known all his life and he said he's always closed to his roots and that despite his status as Manchester United manager, regards himself as still a "working class" man, despite dealing will multimillionaire footballers everyday.
 

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I watched it, and I thought it was great.

Me, personally, has never seen Sir Alex open up so much. Definitely worth the watch and very interesting imo.

Some good laughs as well.
 

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His mother ne day said to him, go to your grandmothers, she has something to ask you, his grandmother only lived around the corner and when he got to her house, she said "Are you a communist?", Alex said "don't be bloody stupid". lol.
Hilarious how his mother and grandmother thought he might of been a communist.
 

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Great view. Its on later as well, if anyone else wants to watch it.
I think its at 10pm or 10.30.....

Great to see him open up like that. Top bloke.
 

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Persoanally myself, I regard him as the best football manager that the world has ever had and also the best manager in Manchester United history, when he retires, he'll definitely deserve it, he's a top top man, I adore him so dearly, he's a great great man and there's not one Manchester United fan on earth that doesn't like him.
We've got to remember he has a family and he hardly sees them through his job and his wife especially, she never goes to the games and isn't a football fan and it would be nice for him and his wife to wake up one morning and Sir Alex not having to worry about coming into work.

If there were such a higher thing for Sir Alex Ferguson, than being knighted for what he's done for football, then he'd deserve that with distinction.
 

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I was just away to ask what this was cause i saw its on later tonight, il probably record it to watch tomorrow.
 

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yeah really worth the watch, best thing i've watched since erm ... the champions league final haha, absolutley excellent insight he's a real top person and will be rememberd forever at united ! complete legend
 

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Im going to watch it again now :)
Its kicking off again in 5 minutes time for anyone that wants to watch it.
Sky Sports 1, 10.30pm.
Enjoy...

ps Im sure Futbol will have this interview up in the video section in no time soon ;)
 

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Sir Alex Ferguson has stressed his confidence about keeping Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst also admitting he will quit Manchester United within three years. Speaking to Sir David Frost in an exclusive interview for Sky Sports, Ferguson speaks about his future and the recent speculation about his prized asset Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has told the Iberian press that he will be disclosing his plans for the future this week - with Real Madrid desperately trying to seal his signature - but Ferguson stands resolute that the Portuguese ace will remain at Old Trafford. "I'm confident about that. I'm very confident, yeah. It's a game they play all the time," Ferguson opined. And in the past they've done it with Beckham, they've done it with Van Nistelrooy, they've done it with my fitness coach last summer, they took him away from us, so we're used to it.

"And it's a great, in a way it's a compliment to the standard of players that we have, you know, and we always seem to produce, but I am more than confident Cristiano will be there next year.

"We have very determined directors in the Glazer family, who will not be messed about in this situation. And David Gill is of the same mind, so the core structure of Manchester United in terms of who run the football club, are adamant and are of the same mind, we want Cristiano to stay for a long long time, and of course, we have rewarded that.

"He is on a fantastic contract and quite rightly so, he's the best player in the world - he deservers to be recognised in the monetary sense that he's happy with and we're happy with."

Retirement

Turning to his own future, Ferguson - 67 in December - admitted he will be giving up his job before his turns 70.

"I think no more than 3 years - two, maybe two more," he admitted.

"I have also got to respect my wife too, cos she's - she's suffering. She did suffer because she doesn't go to the games. She's not a football fan you know - she's an Alex Ferguson fan - she's a mother to all these three boys and a grandmother to her children - her grandchildren - that's her life.

"I think also what you've got to bear in mind also is the changes to management anyway - for instance, there was some promising managers at this very moment in time as we're sitting here, and then a few bad results and they're out of a job, and if that happens, who's going to last the pace? But it's not that, obviously the board and David Gill's mentioned it to me in the past - it's David's decision and it's in the Glazer family's decision - they have to be comfortable with it, you know?"

Speaking about a possible successor, Ferguson insists that he will not necessarily have to have United links and once again heralded his own number two Carlos Queiroz.

"It's not a prerequisite for the job. I'm sure of that," he continued.

"I mean I didn't play for United. I mean Matt Busby played for Man City you know? So I think it will be down to ability and how well some managers are doing at the time.

"And of course, you can't discount my assistant ,Carlos Queiroz, cos I think he's outstanding. He's done fantastic work for the club - so that's no worse than anyone."

But the Scot did confirm that he had no intentions of working with any successor.

"Oh the field will be left clear simply cos I would not, I mean people say that if you're about the place that you'd be in the road, and God, when you've done 21, or 22, 23 years. You need a rest! I deserve a rest!" he said.

"I wouldn't have interest in the team at that point in terms of how it was run or how, no - it's the manager's domain and furthermore, as Bobby Charlton has done with me, 100 per cent support for the manager - you know why? Cos it's the most difficult job and the most important man at Manchester United is the manager - without question, the minute that ever changed it would mean massive free-fall in the club.

"You can never allow the players to run the football club and you can never allow the supporters to run the football club and they've all a part to play.

Without our supporters, we'd be nothing - without the players, we'd be nothing. They are the most important components of a football club - but somebody has to run it. Somebody has to be in charge, and the manager is the best man - and has always got to be supported."

Stam regret

Ferguson was then asked about some of his regrets and whilst reiterating how much he rues letting Paul Gascoigne get away, he also revealed how he regretted sanctioning Jaap Stam's departure to Lazio.

"Jaap Stam was the one. Without a question," he said. "I made a mistake there. "Jaap had got an Achilles operation and he'd been out for six months, and when he came back, Steve McClaren, assistant at the time, and I thought he had lost a yard of pace you know.

"And we said we'll leave it over the summer, and in the summer, we thought we'd have a chance to sign a player and we'd use Jaap as a part of it but it didn't work.

"It was very presumptuous right enough so I said well, let's wait. At the start of the season, he had a bad start to the first game of the season, we played Fulham and didn't have a good game and I thought, and at that moment Lazio come in and offer £16.5 million for him which was a lot of money.

"Jaap would be about 30 at that time, maybe 31, and I thought it's bloody good money that for a centre-half. And I bought it. I jumped at it, and we got Lauren Blanc too for a couple of years. Fantastic, marvellous man, great influence with young players - absolutely first class, but he was a different type of player from Jaap, and older of course, I think Lauren was about 35, 36 at the time.

"So then Jaap goes to Lazio and I went to see him play a game and I says bloody hell, he's playing fantastic. So therefore it was a bad decision, you know - based on you know maybe a sort of a too hurried decision on his form.

You know - I should maybe have waited a bit longer."

Ferguson denied Stam leaving had anything to do with his autobiography which was released around the time of his exit.

"Not a bit - I clarified that with him right away - I said hey, 'You're stupid, you do a biography - you don't lay yourself open to criticism like that'."

Gazza

On the ones that got away, Ferguson still recalls his Gascoigne disappointment.

"One was Alan Shearer but for me, the disappointing one of all was Paul Gascoigne," he said.

"Paul Gascoigne to me was the best player of his era in English Football. He was a breath of fresh air because he played with a smile, and he played with a cunning and an aggression - apart from all the great abilities he had, he loved playing and he loved winning.

"My first experience of Paul - I had just joined the club in 86, and 87 in the March, we played Newcastle in a wee game, and they were just bobbing above relegation.

"And he had been injured, and he had come back and he had won the two previous games I think, and we got them there in a wee game, and my three centre mid field players were Robson, Whiteside and Moses.

"Three very competitive footballers. Great footballers. And he absolutely tore them apart. He tore them apart. It ended up with one situation.

"He nutmegged Reme Moses right in front of me in the dugout, and went up to Reme right after he did it and patted him on the head. And I was out of that dugout, 'get that little so and so!' And Robbo and Whiteside are chasing up and down the pitch and couldn't get near him and I says after the game, I says to the chairman 'Don't leave here, get on that, onto that chairman of Newcastle, I've gotta get this boy, he's the best I've seen for years and years.

"And we had the chance to speak to him, he had a chance to speak to, to Tottenham. I spoke to him the night before I went on holiday, he says 'Mr Ferguson, you go on holiday, enjoy yourself, I'll be signing for Manchester United', I said, 'oh great' went on my holidays, lying by the swimming pool - tannoy, Mr Ferguson come to reception, it's Martin Edwards

"He says I've got bad news. He's signed for Tottenham. I said oh God almighty, how could that be? He says, well, apparently that Tottenham have, have bought his mother and father a house in the North East and that swung it.

"Well I think that was a bad mistake and Paul admits it to this day because as a 19-year-old lad going to London is not easy for a footballer."

Ferguson thinks United would have been a much better place for Gascoigne to play.

"We had Bobby Charlton a Geordie. We had Bryan Robson a Geordie. Steve Bruce a Geordie, we had Gary Pallister from Middlesbrough - we had a structure of players who could have helped him and I think it would have given him some discipline, maybe it would have helped him too," he added.

Finally Ferguson was asked about the top-five players of his reign but he could not separate his top-three of Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and Roy Keane.

"Well Robson definitely. Cantona definitely. Keane. It's hard to, those three were definitely [giants]," he said.

"Eric's great asset was to score important goals at important times or make a goal at important times. That's what his great asset was. Just when you're saying to yourself, God we need a goal here - up he'd pop. And he'd either make one or score one. He was a fantastic personality -I've been very lucky - the players I've had. Some fantastic players. "

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_3643221,00.html
 

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brilliant interview , but i do not think he told the whole truth and nothing but the truth , especially about stam
 

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Amazing.

2 years until he leaves. That will be a sad day. I love Alex Ferguson.
2 years, though. That will absolutly fly by :(
 

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been racking my mind, cannot remember I am getting old, But why exactly did he fall out with the BBC was it one particular thing or a number of small things .
 

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been racking my mind, cannot remember I am getting old, But why exactly did he fall out with the BBC was it one particular thing or a number of small things .
It was to do with his son Jason who was an agent.
I think the panorama prog on BBC suggested he was crooked or something like that.....
Lineker also called him childish, which he didnt really appreciate
 

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a nice interview.
frost managed to ask just the right questions to get sir alex to open up.
i.e. stuff about the bbc that no one really dared go into.
 

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I cant conceive United being without Fergie.. he's been there since the year I was born.. a sad day when he leaves and a hell of a challenge for whoever takes the reigns!

Every single one of us loves Alex Ferguson, loves Alex Ferguson, loves Alex Ferguson!!!!
 

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brilliant interview , but i do not think he told the whole truth and nothing but the truth , especially about stam
the glint was there stretty . stam would have been at utd for years if it wasnt for the tapping up bit in the book , he stated as clear as day the football that made him vomit was italian so fergie sells him where ? stams book head to head was the longest suicide note in history . fergie expects things to be kept in house . he engineers situations to see who spills outside of the camp .
 

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Great interview. I truly look up to Sir Alex, what a true hero. If I could achieve 1% of what that man achieved, it would make me happy. Everything about him, his view on his job, politics and personal life is excellent.

I really am not looking forward to the day he leaves. Whatever apreciation that will be shown to him will not be enough. How can anyone repay the man that is on the verge of catching Liverpool's league titles from being 18-7 down.

How can we repay the man that has brought us 2 European Cups and brough the glory of the Busby days back? How can we repay the man who has introduced some of the most talented and determined players over the last 20 years. Think of the joy that one man alone has brought to millions of fans around the world.

There is no word in the dictionary to describe the achievements of Sir Alex Ferguson.
 

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sir matt and his achievements pale away in comparison to sir alex . 10 league titles ? his like will not be seen again for a long time . when i am on my death bed his will be one of the faces that passes by and brings a grin .
 
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