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.