Ferguson: I turned down Abramovich - The New Indian Express

Ferguson: I turned down Abramovich

Published: 02nd October 2013 09:19 PM

Last Updated: 02nd October 2013 09:19 PM

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was approached by Roman Abramovich when he bought Chelsea in 2003.

Speaking in an hour-long interview - his first since stepping down last May - on American television in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the former Manchester United manager said: "They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club and I said: 'No chance.'"

Additionally, Ferguson has given his beleaguered successor David Moyes his seal of approval and is confident the team will thrive under his management, despite their worst start to a league campaign since 1989.

Despite bookmakers shortening the odds for Ferguson to retake the helm, the Scot has uled out a return to the dug out at Old Trafford.

"I'm not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United's results," Ferguson told Charlie Rose on PSB. "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 to the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France."

Furthermore, Ferguson has reaffirmed suspicions that Wayne Rooney asked to leave the club the day after United won the Premier League title last May.

But the 71 year-old is impressed with the way the striker has turned his form around and is back to playing with his old verve and energy.

Ferguson, whose autobiography is due to be released later this month, also gave an insight into the managerial techniques that brought him so much success over his long career.

"Never hold a grudge, it's very important," he said, adding: "I always say to them [the team] at half-time, the last 15 minutes - throw the kitchen sink."

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