Early Doors

Sir Alex Ferguson lands new job with ‘long-term deal’

Early Doors

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has secured a new job, and it has nothing to do with replacing David Moyes or flying planes towing banners over Old Trafford.

Yes, Fergie has now secured a 'long-term teaching position' at Harvard – the world-famous and highly-prestigious Ivy League university.

The 72-year-old, who retired from management last summer after 26 years in charge of Manchester United, will begin his new role as part of a new programme entitled ‘The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports’ in early May.

Ferguson was clearly delighted to move into a new role, one which will allow him to get very angry at people and clamp down on any behavioural issues – albeit by kicking slabs of chalk as opposed to boots.

"I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence," Ferguson said.

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"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."

Britain’s most successful ever manager will return to the Boston institution next month to lecture senior executives from around the world.

In 2012, Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse studied Ferguson’s management approach to develop a case study called ‘Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United’.

Elberse has now said: “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.”

Ferguson has also participated in a number of Elberse’s classes and collaborated on an analysis of his own methods in a Harvard Business Review article.

It should all go very smoothly for Ferguson, with Mark Robins having agreed to step in and help out as a teaching assistant if things begin a touch badly.

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