Ferguson reveals why he turned down manager role at Rangers
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed why he turned down the opportunity to manage Rangers in the 1980s – admitting he felt “uneasy” over the way he had been approached by the Gers.
The iconic Ferguson had previously been at the Gers as a player before leaving to join Falkirk and after impressing in his early management career was given the opportunity to replace John Greig in the Ibrox dugout.
A few years after turning down Rangers, Ferguson made the move from Aberdeen to Manchester United and carved his place as arguably the greatest British manager in history.
Ferguson admitted that he wasn’t happy with the way Rangers had approached him – keeping some of the Gers’ powerbrokers in the dark over the move.
“I may have been more attracted to the job had Willie Waddell approached me for it. But it wasn’t Willie Waddell, it was John Paton [then Rangers chairman] who spoke to me,” Ferguson said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“So I spoke to Scot Symon and he asked if it was Waddell who had made the approach. On finding out it wasn’t, he said he would worry about that as Willie was still running the show.
“That was one of the reasons I felt uneasy about it, so I turned it down.
“I think I did the right thing going to England from Aberdeen.”
Ferguson went on to lift 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two European Cups, a European Cup Winner’s Cup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during his 27-year reign at Old Trafford.
Ferguson even brought European success to Aberdeen with Cup Winner’s Cup and European Super Cup triumphs at the Dons.
As a player, Ferguson scored 35 times in 66 appearances for Rangers between 1967 and 1969 before being pushed out of the club after 1969 Scottish Cup Final which the Gers lost 4-0.
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