Why Sir Alex Ferguson Is The Greatest Survivor And The Football's Top Names Pay Tribute To The Longevity Of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Berlin were at number one with the theme to Top Gun when Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United in November 1986 to a more appropriate cinematic reference from the autumn of that year is Highlander the story of an ageless Scottish warrior whose feats transcend time and the ferguson's kind of magic is his ability to win trophies and his haul of silverware and his longevity at Old Trafford are undoubtedly related.

And the putting to one side his repeated successes, the fact he has lasted 25 years as United manager is an unprecedented achievement at any level in the professional game in the modern era in England, let alone the very highest for there are 13 managers above him in the long-serving list in this country but all of them began their tenures more than 100 years ago and cannot be fairly compared.

Unless, like Highlander's Connor MacLeod, Ferguson really IS immortal, he is unlikely to outlast Fred Everiss to a spent 46 years as manager of West Bromwich Albion from 1902, for example for a back then, management was more of an administrative role than the delicate mix of tactical nous, mind games, media and man-management plus financial acumen that it is now.

It has become a cut-throat business to since its formation in 1992, the average time spent in situ by Premier League managers is 4.09 seasons and, in the entire Football League and the drops to 2.14 seasons in the same period to the League Managers' Association (LMA), a body Ferguson helped form almost 20 years ago, 1,052 managers in the English game have been sacked, resigned or left by mutual consent since he was appointed to replace Ron Atkinson on 6 November 1986.

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