Ferguson becomes UEFA coaching ambassador - less time spent at Old Trafford?

Sir Alex Ferguson

UEFA turn to the former Manchester United boss as an ambassador.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named a coaching ambassador by UEFA.

The Scot won a total of 13 Premier League title, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Cup Winners cup during his time at Old Trafford.

UEFA President Michel Platini announced the appointment at a press conference at their executive meeting press conference.

Platini said: ‘Sir Alex will be chairman of the forum of elite coaches that meet every year. He will also be a member of the technical study group of the Champions League and the European Championship.’

On accepting the role, the former United boss said: ‘I hope can continue to help young coaches in particular in an industry which is becoming more difficult.

‘The conference in Budapest recently where a lot of young coaches are there and tried to get the message across to them how difficult the industry is because they need to sacrifice they need to have a good philosophy in football and I hope my contribution at UEFA will be exactly that.

‘I look forward to the challenge, I look forward to contributing in a big way and I thank Mr Platini for giving me this opportunity.’

Ferguson has been working as an ambassador and director ever since retiring, leaving the role as Manchester United manager behind him. It is hardly surprising that UEFA have decided to approach a man who has had so much success over such a long period of time. He undoubtedly possesses a huge amount of knowledge and European football’s governing body have taken the opportunity of putting that knowledge to good use.

Ferguson has attended most matches at Old Trafford this season and whether his attendance at those games will be affected because of his new role remains to be seen. Some have argued that it has been difficult for the current manager David Moyes to get to grips with the job whilst the legendary figure is lurking in the background - and that is somehow partly responsible for the defending league champions' difficult season so far.

Will it have an effect on Moyes? Probably not, but there might not be so much made of it in the media if Ferguson’s new commitments at UEFA meant he had to attend matches at Old Trafford less frequently.

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