Sir Alex Ferguson is easily one of the most decorated icon in the history of football. However, there was a point which would’ve changed the course of English football history, as the Scot was almost on the verge of joining Tottenham Hotspur.
Ferguson’s name sits high on any list of great tacticians to ever manage in England, alongside Sir Herbert Chapman and many others. However, few have had the lustre his career was wrapped around.
The ex-United boss holds the record for the most league titles, 13, and has helped decorate Old Trafford with two Champions League trophies. Sir Alex also led his team to an incredible treble season, where they won the league, the FA Cup and the Champions League.
However, English football would’ve been much different today if not for an incident back then. Before joining the Red Devils, the club legend had almost agreed terms with Tottenham, according to Spurs’ former club chairman, Irving Scholar, who revealed that the pair had even ‘shaken hands’ on the deal.
“The truth was that I had been talking to and negotiating with Alex Ferguson about a deal,” Scholar said. “He and I had had very long and detailed discussions.
“I told him that I was a very old-fashioned type of chap and that the most important thing was that once you agree something, once you shake someone’s hand, it’s in concrete. Once you do that, then you do not — under any circumstances whatsoever — you do not go back on it. It’s over.”
Though the former Spurs chairman still feels negative about the whole situation, the Red Devils’ fans would surely be breathing a huge sigh of relief. ‘Fergie’ was an instrumental figure, not just on the United touchline, but also for football itself, and it is very hard to imagine the situation being any different to that.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.