THINK again if you thought Alex Ferguson was going to spend his retirement walking the dog and tending his Azaleas. Not Fergie. According to the Daily Mail, the former Manchester United manager has got himself a nice little earner in his dotage – as a club ambassador.
The paper says that the 71-year-old Fergie will be paid £2m for 20 appearances a year, or put another way, £100,000 each time he presses the flesh. Added to the basic state pension of £110.15 a week, Ferguson should be able to pay the heating bills if the UK experiences another Arctic winter this year.
Ferguson stood down as United manager earlier this month after 26 glorious years at the helm, during which time the club enjoyed an unprecedented era of success. In addition to 13 Premier League titles and five FA Cup triumphs, Ferguson also guided United to two Champions League trophies.
Consequently, United are keen to keep the Scot involved at the club and the Mail says the lucrative deal was “thrashed out” by his son, Jason.
A decade ago United and Jason Ferguson fell out following an internal inquiry that centred on the activities of his agency, Elite Sport, in its transfer dealings, though there was no evidence of wrongdoing.
That’s now all in the past and the deal brokered between Jason and United will ensure that the Ferguson name is still very much associated with the club in years to come. And that isn’t the only nest egg upon which Fergie is sitting.
The Mail says he’s also agreed a £2m advance for his second autobiography, which will be published in time for Christmas. Ghosted by Daily Telegraph sports writer Paul Hayward, the book will be published by Hodder and Stoughton and comes 14 years after his first tome, Alex Ferguson: Managing My Life, which was released the same year Manchester United won the unique treble of the FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League.
“Sir Alex is recognised as having a ruthless streak allied to his drive and passion to win,” said a statement from Hodder, adding that Ferguson “has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his quite extraordinary career and in his new book he will reveal his amazing story as it unfolded”.
In other words, it will be the ideal stocking-filler, etc, etc.
Original Story: theweek.co.uk
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