Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Roman Abramovic had approached him to take over as Chelsea’s manager when the Russian billionaire took over the London club in 2003.
“They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club and I said: ‘No chance.’,” the former Manchester United manager said,in an interview with American network PBS,as reported by the Guardian.
When asked whether he would be tempted to give it a shot,were Abramovic to make another offer,Ferguson said he would not come out of retirement to manage a football team again.
“I know. You always dream you have the Derby winner. I have a share in the horse that was a favourite for the Derby this year – Telescope – good horse. It will come back next year,but it’s a very good horse. Everyone dreams we have a winner,Derby winner,whatever. But you know,as I said,I made my mind up. I’m looking forward to my new career and my new challenges,” he said.
Ferguson said that he wouldn’t manage again even if United,hypothetically,were to request him to haul them out of a crisis. “I’m not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United’s results. You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager,” Ferguson said.
“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.”
Ferguson also said that his relationship with Wayne Rooney hadn’t soured,and that the striker would shake his hand if they were to meet.
Ahead of United’s final home game of last season,Ferguson had said that Rooney had handed in a transfer request. Rooney denied it. When asked whether their relationship had fractured,Ferguson said: “No,I don’t think so. I think if Wayne walked in here today,he would shake my hand.”