Sir Alex Ferguson is helping former club Aberdeen to select a new manager, with the club looking to break the Old Firm’s stronghold on Scottish football.
The Scot spent eight years at Pittodrie and guided the club to an unprecedented period of success, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup against Real Madrid in 1983.
Ferguson was the last manager outside the Old Firm to win the Scottish title and given Celtic’s collapse this term, those behind the Glasgow giants are sniffing an opportunity next season to break into the top two.
The Dons are searching for a new manager after the departure of Derek McInnes, with little chance of finishing any higher than fourth this term.
And McInnes has revealed he’s consulted Ferguson on the club’s search for a new manager, with the Manchester United legend giving valuable advice over the credentials needed for a manager to break-up the Old Firm.
‘I talked to Sir Alex Ferguson. He called me on Friday and reminded me that – in his opinion, and I agree with him – that Aberdeen Football Club is the hardest club to manage outside of Celtic and Rangers, and the hardest club to be chairman of. It’s a prestigious position for anyone,’ said McInnes.
‘He said: ‘Listen, you find a coach that you can work with, someone who can go to Glasgow and aim to beat Celtic and Rangers, don’t look for second best and someone that is on the offence’. He reminded me as well that there’s lots of people, perhaps pundits in the media, that don’t want Aberdeen to do well and probably don’t want me to do well. Ignore that
‘Sir Alex has made himself available for me to use as a sounding board as we go through this process and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will take him up on that.’
Of course, the Scot spent close to three decades at Old Trafford, guiding the club to an unrivalled period of success.
Ferguson won 13 league titles at Old Trafford and he’s the only manager in English football history to win the Treble, which he achieved in 1999.