Famous Sir Alex Ferguson quotes, A complete collection

Thu 15 April 2021 | 4:30

In the following article, we will review the complete collection of the famous Sir Alex Ferguson quotes, including his comments on life and football.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Scottish manager, is regarded by many football players, managers, and analysts to be one of the most successful managers of all time. Undoubtedly in the premier league era, he was one of the greatest at the now-famous mind games.

Having spent his playing time in Scotland, Ferguson became manager of East Stirlingshire in 1974 before joining St Mirren. Then he went on to manage Aberdeen, Scotland, and

Manchester United

, where he spent the next 26 years. The self-confident manager had high skills and enough knowledge to run Manchester United.

The Scottish manager did not get distracted easily, and he was always sure that his team stayed focused on the objectives, encouraging his players mentally and physically. Fergie was honest, and his team members considered him trustworthy and reliable.

Whenever his players needed to talk to him, Ferguson communicated with them privately. When the Scottish manager stepped down, he left his legacy that may never be repeated in English football history. Therefore, such a great manager's quotes will definitely inspire youngsters. Stay tuned to review famous

Sir Alex Ferguson quotes


A complete collection of Sir Alex Ferguson best quotes

Time to take a look at the complete collection of Sir Alex Ferguson quotes, including his best Inspirational and motivational quotes.

Alex Ferguson Famous Quotes

From Ferguson words on David Beckham to Jose Mourinho, here are some

Alex Ferguson famous quotes.

On English footballer use an alcohol

"In England, it's a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it's much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury."

on people arguing back with him

"Myths grow all the time. If I was to listen to the number of times I've thrown teacups, then we've gone through some crockery in this place. It's completely exaggerated, but I don't like people arguing back with me."

On the footballers of the Second World War period

" Human beings of today are more fragile, whereas people born in wartime, during the Second World War, eventually became the great players like Pele. They were fantastic players."

On Sir Bobby Charlton

"Bobby Charlton's record was quite substantial. I couldn't think anybody would beat that. It is an achievement par excellence."

On Jose Mourinho, ex-Chelsea manager

"He was certainly full of it calling me boss and big man when we had our post-match drink after the first leg. But it would help if his greetings were accompanied by a decent glass of wine. What he gave me was paint-stripper."

On Arsene Wenger, ex-Arsenal manager

"In the tunnel, Wenger was criticising my players, calling them cheats, so I told him to leave them alone and behave himself. He ran at me with his hands raised saying 'What do you want to do about it?' To not apologise for the behaviour of the players to another manager is unthinkable. It's a disgrace, but I don't expect Wenger to ever apologise...he's that type of person".

On David Beckham

"David Beckham is Britain’s finest striker of a football not because of God-given talent but because he practises with a relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate."

Alex Ferguson Quotes on Leadership

The man behind Manchester United’s triumph for 26 years, which made the world recognize him as the most successful football manager, is none other than Sir Alex Ferguson. The confident leader whose managerial experiences allowed him to lead the club to several trophies. So

Alex Ferguson quotes on leadership

will have a magnificent impact on young managers.

"You can’t aspire to be loved, because that isn’t going to happen, nor do you want people to be frightened of you. Stay somewhere in the middle and have them respect and trust and see you as fair."

"You can’t ever lose control – not when you are dealing with 30 top professionals who are all millionaires. If they misbehave, we fine them, but we keep it indoors. And if anyone steps out of my control, that’s them dead."

"I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don’t fly. They’re the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over – so it’s teamwork."

"Too many managers talk too much. The two most important words for a player, or for any human being, there is nothing better than hearing “Well done.” And few reprimands are as powerful as silence."

"You can’t always come in shouting and screaming. That doesn’t work. No one likes to get criticized. But in the football dressing room, it’s necessary that you point out your players’ mistakes. I do it right after the game. I don’t wait until Monday, I do it, and it’s finished. I’m on to the next match. There is no point in criticizing a player forever."

“Much of leadership is about extracting that extra 5 percent of performance that individuals did not know they possessed.”

Alex Ferguson Inspirational Quotes

Alex Ferguson has been in charge of Manchester United for 26 years. During his successful reign at Red Devils, he won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, Football League Cup on four occasions, and two UEFA Champions League titles.

Football fans cannot deny that he has been an incredibly successful manager. However, sometimes people have criticized his autocratic leadership style. Anyway, the collection of

Alex Ferguson inspirational quotes

will help you to learn from his path to greatness.

"Very often our victories were squeaked out in the last few minutes after we had drained the life from our opponents. Games – like life – are all about waiting for chances and then pouncing on them."

“You don’t get the best out of people by hitting them with an iron rod. You do so by gaining their respect, getting them accustomed to triumphs and convincing them that they are capable of improving their performance.”

"There are plenty of attributes that separate the great leader from the good manager. Both may put their work before family and friends, survive on little sleep, endure a lifetime of red-eye flights. Look more closely and you will find that the great leader possesses an unusual, and essential, characteristic – he will think and operate like an owner, or a person who owns a substantial stake of the business, even if, in a financial or legal sense, he is neither."

"There’s a lot of satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re doing your best, and there’s even more that comes when it begins to pay off."

"If I were running a company, I would always want to listen to the thoughts of its most talented youngsters, because they are the people most in touch with the realities of today and the prospects for tomorrow."

"One of my players has been sent off several times. He will do something if he gets the chance – even in training. Can I take it out of him? No. Would I want to take it out of him? No. If you take the aggression out of him, he is not himself. So you have to accept that there is a certain flaw that is counterbalanced by all the great things he can do."

"If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself."

"There is no room for criticism on the training field. For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘well done’. Those are the two best words ever invented in sports. You don’t need to use superlatives."

Sir Alex Ferguson Motivational Quotes

Undoubtedly, Sir Alex, one of the most successful managers ever in world football history and has been one of the most admired and respected persons in the game to date. A Scottish manager is an incredible person, and his words and behavior motivated youngsters all around the world. Ready to review some of

Sir Alex Ferguson motivational quotes

? Let's check them out.

"In a perfect world I would have filled every team-sheet with 11 men who had as much determination as talent. But life is not like that, and if I had to choose between someone who had great talent but was short on grit and desire, and another player who was good but had great determination and drive, I would always prefer the latter.”

"It sounds simple to say you should believe what your eyes tell you, but it is very hard to do. It is astonishing how many biases and preconceived notions we carry around, and these influence what we see, or, more precisely, what we think we see."

"If you are leading people, it helps to have a sense of who they are- the circumstances in which they were raised, the actions that will draw out the best in them, and the remarks that will cause them to be spooked. The only way to figure this out is by underrated activities: listening and watching."

"Another crucial ingredient of motivation is consistency. As a leader you can’t run from one side of the ship to the other. People need to feel that you have unshakeable confidence in a particular approach. If you can’t show this, you’ll lose the team very quickly."

"I always felt that our triumphs were an expression of the consistent application of discipline."

"If you want to build a winning organization, you have to be prepared to carry on building every day. You never stop building – if you do, you stagnate."

"When you are in the football world, and I suspect in almost every other setting, you have to make decisions with the information at your disposal, rather than what you wish you might have."

"The greatest bosses also take pride in making sure that if employees who have served them well choose to leave, they go on to greater and better things."

"There’s some merit in getting defeated – even though I’d never want it to be a habit. Team members who are hungry for victory and take great pride in their performance will be eager to avenge defeat."

Sir Alex Ferguson Memorable Quotes

The former Scottish manager is one of the best football managers of all time. So it might be interesting to review some of

Sir Alex Ferguson best quotes.

On confidence

"It’s one thing to have confidence in your own abilities. It’s a completely different challenge to instill confidence in others."

On negotiation

"If you need one person to change your destiny, then you have not built a very solid organization."

On Salesmanship

"Any leader is a salesman – and he has to sell to the inside of his organization and to the outside. Anyone who aspires to be a great leader needs to excel at selling his ideas and aspirations to others."

On Delegation

"My job was to make everyone understand that the impossible was possible. That’s the difference between leadership and management."

On Speaking

"Whether the audience is one person or 75,000, you need to assemble your thoughts, know what you want to emphasize and just say it."

On Distractions

"I have yet to encounter anyone who has achieved massive success without closing themselves off from the demands of others or forgoing pastimes."

On strong personality

"Anyone who is in charge of a group of people has got to have a strong personality….a strong personality is an expression of inner strength and fortitude."

On choosing the team

"We never reveal the team to the players until the day of the game. For a three o'clock game, we tell them at one o'clock and before that I speak to the players I've left out. I do it privately. It's not easy, but I do them all myself. It is important. I have been dropped from a cup final in Scotland as a player at 10 past two, so I know what it feels like."

On retiring:

"I think it’s important to work and I’m entitled to work. Some people do not want to work but I want to continue working."

Sir Alex Ferguson quotes on Liverpool

Manchester United and


fixture is one of the biggest rivalries in world football as the two clubs are the most successful English teams in domestic, European competitions. So it might be interesting to review some of

Sir Alex Ferguson quotes on Liverpool


One of Sir Alex Ferguson quotes is:

"United against Liverpool is the game of the season – the most successful sides in the country. I had to build a club not just a team to surpass them."

Before achieving to the 19-time champions Sir Alex Said:

"My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch. And you can print that."

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