Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson Admits Turning Down Poisoned Chalice
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While out there manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been discussing the impact of the English football season on England’s World Cup chances.
The world is still dissecting events of 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Sir Alex being one of the world’s most successful club managers has again been asked for his views.
During his interview with Canadian television he surprised listeners when he revealed that he had twice turned down the offer to manage England.
Without saying when the approaches had been made, he did explain why he refused when he described the job as ‘a poisoned chalice’.
68-year-old Ferguson told his interviewer: "I was offered the chance to manage the England team on a couple of occasions but, of course, it was just out of the question. "It’s a poisoned chalice anyway. I think it’s a terrible job, plus the fact that I would have had a tremendous handicap being Scottish; no matter which way you look it, that’s important."
Following his remarkable claim it has been speculated that Ferguson wouldn’t been have considered as an alternative to current England boss Fabio Capello but may have been asked to replace Terry Venables after Euro 1996 and Glen Hoddle three years later.
United beat Celtic 3-1 in their first tour match last night and next face Philadelphia Union on 21st July. They will face Kansas City Wizards on 25th July before the final game against MLS All-Stars on 28th July.
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