Sir Alex Ferguson stresses importance of communication for young managers

Ferguson has been sharing some of his knowledge as part of UEFA’s recent Pro Licence student exchange programme

Pa Sport Staff
Wednesday 27 October 2021 13:08
3 Managers Who Could Replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United great Sir Alex Ferguson says the ability to communicate effectively with the entire dressing room is one of the biggest lessons he learned in management.

The 79-year-old retired as Premier League champion in 2013, bringing down the curtain on an incredible stint with the Red Devils that included 13 league titles and two Champions League crowns.

Ferguson, who was at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 5-0 to Liverpool on Sunday, has been sharing some of his knowledge as part of Uefa’s recent Pro Licence student exchange programme.

“I really have a great affection for people who are learning the game and want to be coaches and managers,” the former United boss told the Uefa website.

“I started [managing] at 32 years of age and, of course, in the time from there on you do learn.

“But I honestly would say that going into management at 32, there were a couple of things that I knew that were useful: one, I could make a decision; two, I played the game; and three, I had my coaching [qualifications]. Now, these things are really important.

“Other things I developed by the learning process if you give it time, particularly communication. I think when you’re in charge of a football team, you’re not just in charge of 11 players on the pitch.”

Ferguson was speaking to a current group of Pro Licence students studying with the national associations of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland and the Republic of Ireland, including former United defender John O’Shea.

“I think that it’s really important that coaches go through all the courses they can,” Ferguson added. “Even the refresher courses and keep attending them, because there’s always something, little bits, you learn all the way down.

“Uefa has to lead the way in terms of the directions of coaches and the avenues they can afford and offer them to improve themselves as coaches.

“And I think it’ll always be Uefa that is the most important organisation in terms of creating the right platforms for young people to do well.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in