Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he did vaguely considering working outside the English Premier League earlier in his Manchester United managerial career but also says that he never quite felt the desire to leave Old Trafford for foreign pastures.
Sir Alex says:
Roy Hodgson has done what a lot of us would love to have done and work abroad.
I always remember Bobby Robson saying that the best thing he ever did was go to PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona.
He was out of the country for maybe 10 or 12 years. Working in different climates with different cultures definitely broadens your education.
I remember meeting Roy Hodgson in Malmo in 1987 when I had just joined Manchester United. Malmo were playing Ajax in the European Cup.
Over the years he has gone to Inter Milan, Switzerland, Finland, Udinese, Blackburn etc… it’s incredible all the teams that he has managed.
You can see when he’s interviewed he knows what he is talking about.
Sometimes I used to say to myself ‘I’d love to have tried managing abroad sometime’ but then it was difficult for me.
My choices were cut off simply because I was the manager of Manchester United which is amazing and you don’t leave Manchester United.
Good for Man United fans that he didn’t leave. Otherwise history, both for the Reds Devils and the Premiership, would have been so different!