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Ferguson pinpoints key to Old Trafford success

ESPN staff
October 15, 2013
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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has pinpointed the secret to his success at Old Trafford, suggesting a harmonious back room staff was key during his tenure.

Ferguson retired after 26 highly successful years as United boss last summer and he admits the key elements to his glory were put in place off the field as much as on it.

"Three things are very important when you are working with [backroom staff] - work ethic, loyalty, philosophy," Ferguson said.

"You all have to be singing the same tune, no matter how bad the tune is. It's important that your people agree with you and the way that we at United wanted to play, that was very important. A good backroom staff is vital to any manager and I had that at United."

Speaking at a UEFA coaching conference in Budapest, Ferguson went on to discuss the complexities of being a modern day manager, as he suggested he changed the way he handled players in the latter part of his career in a bid to drain the best out of them on the pitch.

"The human beings I've dealt with are far more fragile than the human beings of 30 years ago and I say that in a good sense because they're coming from better conditions," he added.

"I couldn't lose my temper the way I did back then with people nowadays. Also, which has become very dominant in the English game, is the culture of players from different countries.

"At United I think there are people from 20 different nationalities and that's a challenge because people from different cultures have to be addressed.

"You have to make sure that they are comfortable in their environment because it's a results industry and you need to get the best out of them."

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