Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is going to teach at Harvard university after he secured a “long-term position” at the infamous institution.
The Scot is set to begin his role in early May as part of a programme called, “The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports,” which will see him lecture in front of senior executives from different parts of the world.
Ferguson confirmed that he’d taken up the position, stating, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence.”
He then added, “The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.”
Ferguson has worked in tandem with Harvard Business School several times over the last few years. In 2012, he collaborated with professor Anita Elberse on a case study paper entitled, “Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United.” Elberse used this opportunity to examine the most successful manager in English football history’s approach to management. Ferguson also took part in several of Elberse’s classes, while the duo worked on an analysis of his techniques too.
Elberse also discussed the announcement, admitting that she’s excited Ferguson is returning to the East Coast. “We look forward to welcoming Sir Alex Ferguson on the HBS campus to share his remarkable leadership journey, and contribute to our Executive Education participants’ ability to make a profound difference in the world,” she explained.
The 72-year-old former manager of Manchester United, Aberdeen, Scotland, St Mirren, and East Stirlingshire, retired in 2013, having picked up 49 trophies throughout his career. 38 of those were claimed during his stint at Old Trafford, which lasted for 26-years, and included 13 league titles and two Champions League trophies.
He also hand-picked his successor, David Moyes, from Everton, who has had a rather tumultuous time since he replaced Ferguson.
When Moyes, who overcame Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp to secure the position, replaced his predecessor, he declared, “I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done at the club. I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever but the opportunity to manage Manchester United is not something that comes up very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season.”
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