FA offered me England job twice says Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was offered the chance to become the manager of England twice during his spell with Manchester United. The legendary Old Trafford boss confessed that he snubbed the offer to lead the Three Lions on both occasions.
The English Football Association first approached Ferguson, who became manager of Scotland for the 1986 World Cup, after Glenn Hoddle was axed because of a controversial interview. The Scotsman was offered the job again soon after Kevin Keegan decided to step down as manager of England.
Ferguson, whose book My Autobiography was launched on Tuesday, claims he never even thought about leaving behind Manchester United.
“I was offered the England job on two occasions. Adam Crozier, chief executive of the FA from 2000 to 2002, came to see me before [Sven Goran] Eriksson was appointed in 2001,” Ferguson wrote in the book. “The first time was before that, when Martin Edwards was chairman around the time Kevin Keegan took the reins in 1999.
“There was no way I could contemplate taking the England job. Can you imagine me doing that? A Scotsman? It wasn't a bed of nails I was ever tempted to lie on.”
Speaking to reporters at the launch ceremony of his book, Ferguson announced that there was absolutely “no way in a million years” he would accept the job to manage England.
“It was a great opportunity to relegate England,” Ferguson said with a laugh. “No way would I have taken that job. [Former FA chief executive] Adam Crozier was the first one to come and see me. It took me about ten seconds to say: 'No way'. I couldn't manage England in a million years. Think of me going back to Scotland doing that. Dearie me.”
Ferguson also talked about whether he was tempted to take back his retirement for the opportunity of managing an international team. The Scotsman said that he was happy with his achievements and life and didn’t want to take charge of a national football team.
“I would definitely not. I've said that many times,” Ferguson said in response to the offer of managing Australia. “Once I left United that was me finished in terms of management and I've seen over the last few weeks, certain positions in football, some had me at 80-1 to become a manager. That would be a good price. But, no, I wouldn’t be interested in any job.”