Author(s): Bernard Bale
One Man's Extraordinary Impact on British Football There are some in the history of football whose careers have elevated them above other servants of the game. These men, such as Shankly, Busby and Stein, have made such an impact that, despite their passing, they remain legends of the sport. The Fergie Legacy pays tribute to, and explores the carrer of, a living football legend: Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson is arguably the most successful football manager in the modern game. There is nothing club football can offer that he has not won. Indeed, he has been knighted by the Queen for his incredible achievements. As manager of Manchester United for nearly 20 years, Ferguson knows what it is like to be in charge of the world's most popular, yet perhaps also most disliked, football club. His job and his reputation have been on the line more than once, but he has stormed his way through the crises with the aggression of a Scottish warrior clansman. If nothing else, his various Manchester United teams have reflected his strongest characteristics: a will to win and a refusal to accept defeat until the last note of the final whistle. Ferguson will hopefully not be talked of in the past tense for many years to come but already a 'Fergie Legacy' has become apparent in the game. There is a dynasty of players and coaches who have worked alongside Ferguson and among those featured here are Alex McLeish, Craig Brown, Willie Miller, Gordon Strachan, Steve McLaren, Mark Hughes and Bryan Robson. They and many others have sampled first hand the magic that has made him such a successful soccer icon as well as a colourful and often controversial character.