Sir Alex Ferguson has been out of the coaching game for less than a season, and he’s already getting itchy feet.
But instead of heading back to the locker room, Fergie will soon be coming to classroom near you. Well, that’s if you attend Harvard.
Following his successful lecture last year at the world-renowned institution based in Boston, where Fergie revealed many of his management secrets, the former Manchester United boss will start his new role as part of a new program entitled ‘The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports’ in early May.
Fergie, 72, has agreed to the ‘long-term teaching position’ at Harvard Business School, and is looking forward to the challenge of passing on his knowledge of management after delivering 38 trophies in 26 years at United. Here is what Ferguson said in a release from Harvard.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected center of excellence,” Ferguson said. “The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.”
Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse originally analyzed Ferguson’s management approach and developed a study entitled ‘Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.’ The Scotsman spoke at Harvard last year on that topic, and Elberse is looking forward to the new relationship between Ferguson and the Ivy league university.
But the biggest question remains: if lectures overrun, will his famous ‘Fergie time’ be in place?
In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.
Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.
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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.
In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.
From the BBC:
“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.
“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”
The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.
What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.
Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.
Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.
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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.
From the BBC:
Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.
Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.