Ferguson reveals 'secrets of success' to Harvard students
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time ever has revealed his secrets to success to the students of the prestigious Harvard Business School about his handling of different type of players who have applied their trade under him.
Ferguson discussed his determination to keep his team from leaking out until the last minute, the key to ensuring there is no resentment from players who are admitted, the core values he demands and that he must address the toughest issues head-on.
"Some managers are 'pleasing managers'. They let the players play 8-a-sides or 10-a-sides - games they enjoy," the Daily Mirror quoted Ferguson, as saying.
"We look at the training sessions as opportunities to learn and improve. The players may think 'Here we go again' but it helps to win. The message is simple: we cannot sit still at this club," he added.
"There is no room for criticism on the training field. For a player - and for any human being - there is nothing better than hearing 'well done'. Those are the two best words ever invented in sports. You don't need to use superlatives," he said.
Ferguson added: "Players these days have lived more sheltered lives, so they are much more fragile now than 25 years ago. I was very aggressive all those years ago. I am passionate and want to win all the time."
"But today I'm more mellowed - age does that to you. And I can better handle those more fragile players now," he said.
"You can't ever lose control - not when you are dealing with thirty top professionals who are all millionaires. If they misbehave, we fine them, but we keep it indoors. And if anyone steps out of my control, that's them dead," he added.
"When I work with the biggest talents, I tell them that hard work is a talent, too," he concluded.