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Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to Real Madrid great

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson recalled Alfredo Di Stefano's "wonderful balance and poise" as he paid tribute to the Real Madrid legend following his death.

Sir Alex told BBC Radio 5 live that Di Stefano "was without question in that group of great, great players".

Sir Alex Ferguson said former Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano was 'a fantastic footballer'. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

"I had the pleasure as a young man of being influenced by the great Real Madrid and Di Stefano. His head was up all the time - he was a fantastic footballer", he said.

"For Real Madrid it is a terrible loss because his presence was always there."


Sir Alex Ferguson visits hospital as Unicef ambassador

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has returned to hometown of Glasgow to visit Southern General Hospital in his role as Unicef ambassador.

The retired Manchester United manager met new mother Rebecca Young and her twin boys Elliot and Sandy, along with nurses at the hospital to see how Unicef supports new families.

Sir Alex Ferguson meeting Rebecca Young, her twin boys Elliot and Sandy and neonatal nurse Judith Barnett during his visit. Credit: Unicef/PA Wire

"As a father and grandfather, I value strong family relationships. Seeing this level of expertise at this hospital emphasises to me how important it is for mothers to have the vital support they need to help nurture their children and give them the best start in life," Sir Alex said.

The 72-year-old also met Kimberley Black, who has spent the last week in the hospital's neonatal unit with her 12-day-old son Jason.

Sir Alex Ferguson meeting Kimberley Black and her son Jason during his visit to Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Credit: Unicef/PA Wire

The charity is working with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to promote its baby-friendly initiative 'Put Children First', which aims to improve health and reduce disease, poverty and exploitation among children.

Sir Alex Ferguson's wines set to fetch £3m at auction

The former Manchester United manager was known to enjoy a glass after a game. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Part of Sir Alex Ferguson's wine collection is expected to fetch around £3 million when it goes under the hammer next month, auction house Christie's says.

The collection features many fine and rare wines including Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundies and many Finest First Growth Bordeaux, ranging in vintages from 1986 (the year he was appointed manager at Manchester United) to 2011.

The former Manchester United manager was known to invite opposition managers to share a bottle with him after games.

The wines will be offered at sales in Hong Kong on 24 May, London on 5 June and online only from 9 June to 23 June, they said.

Sir Alex Ferguson to take on teaching role at Harvard

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to take on a teaching role at Harvard Business School.

Sir Alex Ferguson is to take on a teaching post at Harvard University. Credit: Press Association

As the most successful manager in British footballing history, Sir Alex will be teaching US students taking a university course in 'The Business of Entertainment Media and Sport'.

He said: "I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence.

"The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.”

Sir Alex Ferguson: Schoolteacher inspired my success

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.

Sir Alex Ferguson has described how a teacher inspired his successful career in football. Credit: PA Wire

"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.


Alex Ferguson named UEFA's coaching ambassador

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.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been appointed as UEFA's coaching ambassador. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

"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.

Alex Ferguson set for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will try to regain his winning form as a contestant on the last live edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will try to regain his winning form with a return to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Credit: PA

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.

Reader offered refund after errors in Ferguson's book

Sir Alex Ferguson's latest autobiography went on sale last month. Credit: PA

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.

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