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Fergie Shook Hands On Spurs Deal

Sir Alex wrote in his autobiography that during his time at Aberdeen, he had turned down job offers from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The Lilywhites' chairman Irving Scholar has provided some details about this offer in his book, Behind Closed Doors.

Scholar claims nothing less then that he agreed to personal terms with Fergie after Keith Burkinshaw had decided to resign at the end of the 83/84 season, but our fiery Scot pulled out of the deal at the last minute.

'Keith Burkinshaw didn't want to continue after the end of the season and I had been talking to Alex Ferguson. These conversations had reached the point of agreeing personal terms and we shook hands on a deal.

'However, he had second thoughts about the matter and decided not to accept my offer.

'He had a father-son relationship with the Aberdeen chairman and I think, on reflection, he felt he would be letting him down if he left.'

It's certainly an interesting question to ask that whether Fergie would have been as succesful at Tottenham as he had become at United?




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 8 2006

Time: 3:51PM

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I dont think he would have been. He would never have had the same financial backing. COYS
rzzn
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08/11/2006 16:25:00

United were in a pretty bad financial situation when Fergie arrived - they were certainly no richer than Spurs that time around though it's true United's financial potential was always far superior to Spurs'
midlothian99
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08/11/2006 16:36:00

Manchester United have always(until Roman came along)enjoyed the biggest transfer kitty and Ferguson was certainly given enough funds in his early years,I will not list the host of players that he bought at inflated prices that failed dismally in his first six years in charge but try Micky Phelan for starters, so to ask" would he have done better at Spurs " is a stupid question as did Spurs have Neville,Scholes,Beckham etc in the youth team set up?
grimsby
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08/11/2006 17:07:00

in a word - DOH!
gabotheyido
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08/11/2006 17:07:00

bit cheesed off aren't they that our transfer kitty is considerably larger than there's is!
merlin
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08/11/2006 17:14:00

Could Spurs have bought Pallister, Bruce, Kanchelskis, Sharpe, Cantona, Ince? No doubt if they were able to take Lineker and Gascoigne to White Hart Lane... the first two titles had nothing to do with Beckham and co. And I love this attitude: when Arsenal sign talented youngsters, that's down to Wenger's brilliance. But Scholes, Beckham, Neville etc., their presence is just pure luck. Rubbish.
midlothian99
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08/11/2006 17:20:00

midlothian please look at Manchester United's spending in the last 20 years and compare it to anyone else's and you will realise you cannot compare your managers ability with most others' ie do you think that Alex could have won the European Cup back to back like Cloughie did with a relatively small transfer kitty and a 14 man squad,I think not.Your point regarding Scholes and Beckham etc is wrong as they were nurtured through the youth policy and not necessarily spotted by Alex and he was fortunate enough to benefit from their ability.....please name me two class acts he has nurtured since then that have been purchased for less than £1 million as per Fabrigas,Toure,Senderos,Eboue etc etc etc
grimsby
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08/11/2006 18:04:00

I'd ask you to look at his spending in the first 7 years, he has already achieved great things when he started to spend big (Roy Keane was his first real big-money signing). And if Senderos is a class act, then Fletcher is undoubtedly world class... He certainly won the Cup Winners Cup with Aberdeen, eliminating Bayern and Real in the process. By the way, if we give Wenger credit for Fabregas and Touré and co., then we should give Fergie credit for Sharpe, Kanchelskis, Giggs. And by the way, you know it was Fergie who changed the youth system at United? He has recruited a lot of the scouts as there were very few at the club when he arrived...
midlothian99
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08/11/2006 18:53:00

spurs would never have had the same success we would of still be getting the great players through
rooneyisgod
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08/11/2006 21:11:00

Wouldn't of had the board romm backing or the £ backing!!
BaldyYid
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09/11/2006 09:49:00

 

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