Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Roman Abramovich wanted him to manage Chelsea when he first took over ownership of the club. The former United boss has also confirmed that he has no plans whatsoever to return to managing the Reds, no matter what happens with David Moyes.
Speaking to US television, Sir Alex noted:
“I’m not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United’s results,” Ferguson said.
“United are in good hands with David Moyes. He will be fine. He’s a good manager.
“You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager.
“I made my decision. The timing was perfect. There is no way back for me now. I’ve got a new life.
“I want to go the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France.”
Speaking of Chelsea’s interest in him, Sir Alex confessed:
“They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club, and I said no chance.”
The fact Abramovich wanted Sir Alex doesn’t really come as a big surprise, although you have to wonder whether Jose Mourinho’s huge ego may be dented somewhat knowing he was second choice to the great man….