Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he keeps the belt he was beaten with by his favourite schoolteacher who inspired him to success.
Ferguson said the "gritty determination" and "sense of drive"of Elizabeth Thomson was a key factor in his successful career in football.
"The three ingredients to Elizabeth, when I think about it, were personality, determination and energy. Anyone who's in charge of someone else needs those three ingredients. It just won't work without them," he said.
Ferguson, who retired in May, kept in touch with his teacher throughout his glittering career, and despite being unable to go to Ms Thomson's funeral, the infamous belt was sent to him by her nephew.
"My grandchildren are terrified of it. Six from that belt and you were in absolute agony. I used to try to draw my hand away," the 72-year-old added as he recalled his schooldays at Broomloan Road Primary in Glasgow for today's Times Educational Supplement's feature, My Best Teacher.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named UEFA's coaching ambassador, European football's governing body announced.
"Sir Alex will be chairman of the forum of elite coaches that meet every year," UEFA president Michel Platini said.
"He will also be a member of the technical study group of the Champions League and the European Championship. Everybody was overjoyed by the help he will bring to us."
Sir Alex, 72, retired as Manchester United manager in May after winning 13 league titles with the club.
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He will team up with presenter Eamonn Holmes on a celebrity version of the show screened on ITV tomorrow, nine years after the pair first joined together to take part in the programme.
Also lined up to appear are former Westlife star Kian Egan and Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington, both recently contestants on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! and former Countdown star Carol Vorderman who is paired with actress Caroline Quentin.
The Christmas special edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is to be screened by ITV at 9pm on Thursday.
The publishers of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography have reportedly agreed to refund a reader who pointed out a number of errors in the book.
As many as 45 factual errors have been found in the 402-page hardback, according to the Daily Mirror.
“We did in fact go through several stages of fact-checking with this book, with a reading from within Manchester United as well as from a specialist football fact-checker," Hodder and Stoughton CEO Jamie Hodder-Williams wrote to the customer.
“Although a very large number of corrections were made we plainly did not pick up everything."
Among the inaccuracies was the amount of time Roy Keane spent at Manchester United, the age at which Ryan Giggs made his debut and the date of the manager's pacemaker operation.
Sir Alex Ferguson accused Beckham of becoming distracted by his celebrity lifestyle in his recently-released autobiography.
"It's funny, he was one of the first names I was going to call up to be manager. I'm not so sure now," the former England captain said.
Speaking at an exclusive global digital book signing on Facebook today, the 38-year-old insisted he did not want to speak negatively of his former manager:
"All joking aside I wouldn't want to be negative about Sir Alex. He gave me the chance to live my dream."
Beckham also revealed that after leaving Manchester United he could not face watching them play for two years.
Sir Alex Ferguson describes former Manchester United player Roy Keane as having "the most savage tongue you can imagine" in his autobiography.
Addressing the infamous incident when Keane publicly criticised his team-mates on the club's television channel, and him subsequently leaving the club, Sir Alex told ITV News' Mark Austin:
"It was a savage attack on the players. No doubt about that. I was left with having to make the decision about what to do with it.
"I had a great relationship with Roy right up until that summer we went to Portugal....but he overstepped his mark. And what do you do?
"The players would have thought very poorly of me if I hadn't done something that day".