On This Day…
On 6 November 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed manager at Old Trafford. He wold go on to serve for 27 years at the club as manager before retiring at the end of the 2013/2014 season. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most successful managers of all time and when one looks at what he has achieved it is not difficult to see why.
During his managerial tenure, United went on to win 13 League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 10 Charity/Community Shields, 2 Champions Leagues, 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
His personal achievements are also plentiful. He was the inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame and the inaugural recipient of the FA Coaching Diploma. He is the only manager in English football to have manged to finish in the top three places for 20 consecutive seasons since the Premier League began in 1992. Sir Alex is the joint-most decorated manager in European fooball with 7 honors. He also has more than twice as many top division titles in England as the next most successful manager, George Ramsey who won 6 with Aston Villa. Sir Alex has been awarded an OBE, CBE, Knight Bachelor, Freedom of the City of Aberdeen, Freedom of the City of Glasgow, Freedom of the city of Manchester, and Freedom of the Borough of Trafford.