Ferguson rules out Man Utd return but stokes Rooney row
Moyes will not suffer the same fate as Wilf McGuinness insists Fergie, who now has a 'new life'
FORMER Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson insisted that David Moyes will not suffer the same fate as Wilf McGuinness, the man who took over from Matt Busby at Old Trafford only to be replaced by him 18-months later, after ruling out a return to the dugout.
Fergie used his first interview since standing down as United boss to warn supporters hankering for the hairdryer that he was enjoying retirement far too much to contemplate a return, no matter what happened to his beloved United, who are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League.
He also lifted the lid on attempts to lure him away from United and the efforts of Wayne Rooney to leave the club:
On the chances of a comeback: "I'm not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United's results," he told interviewer Charlie Rose of the American PBS network. "You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager."
Matt Busby stepped down as United boss in 1969 after 24 years in charge and was replaced by Wilf McGuinness, but he lasted less than 18 months before being sacked, with Busby returning as caretaker manager for the rest of the 1970-71 season.
Ferguson insisted that would not happen to him. "There is no way back for me now. I've got a new life," he said. "I want to go to the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France."
On Moyes: United are 12th in the table after losing three of their first six games this season, but Ferguson said: "United are in good hands with David Moyes. He will be fine. He's a good manager."
On Rooney: "The Scot repeated his assertion that Wayne Rooney asked to leave United just after the Premier League title was secured last season but added that he was impressed with the way the England striker had worked on his game," reports the Daily Mail. Rooney denies asking for a transfer, although tensions between the pair almost led to the striker's exit this summer.
On Chelsea: The Blues tried to lure hum to Stamford Bridge when Roman Abramovich first took over in 2003. "They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over. And I said, 'No chance'... I always come back to this point - why would you leave?"
Secrets of his success: Asked about the secrets of his managerial success, and what he used to say to his players, Ferguson advised: "Never hold a grudge."
He added that he was in favour of the gung-ho approach, explaining: "I always say to them at half-time, the last 15 minutes - throw the kitchen sink." ·