Sir Alex Ferguson ‘can’t understand’ why managers like Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers take notes in matches, saying that, depending on his memory, he was ‘very powerful’ in the Manchester United locker room.
- Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of using his memory as a management tool
- He wondered why coaches take notes on the sidelines at matches
- Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers have been known to scribble notes in games
Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has wondered why managers take notes during matches and underlined the importance of a good memory in the dugout.
Ferguson, in conversation The Guardian, admitted that when he fell ill with a brain haemorrhage in 2018, one of his biggest fears during his recovery was that his memory would be damaged.
The United boss used his memory as an important tool during his trophy-laden career at Old Trafford and admits it seems strange to him to see managers taking notes on the sidelines today.
Sir Alex Ferguson has wondered why it is possible to take notes during matches
Jose Mourinho, depicted in his time as a Spurs manager, often takes notes during a match
Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, who faces United on Tuesday, is also happy to comment
Two of his successors at United in Jose Mourinho and David Moyes have been known to do, as well as Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
“As a manager, I depended on my memory,” said Ferguson. ‘You see matches today where some managers take notes during the match. I never did.
‘I always depended on my memory and going to the locker room was very powerful for me.
‘I can’t understand why a manager took notes during the game. Put your head down to write and miss a goal? ‘
The now 79-year-old also began to realize how concerned he was about losing his memory during his recovery three years ago and even had to work with a speech therapist.
“The speech therapist came in every day and she was phenomenal,” Ferguson said. She made me write down all the names of my family and my players.
Then she started with animals, fish and birds to see if I could remember the names. Gradually my voice came back. Most importantly, my memory was fine. ‘
West Ham boss David Moyes – a former United manager – is another who writes notes in games
Ferguson, pictured at Old Trafford for the Europa League semi-final win against Roma, admitted that he feared his memory would be damaged after his 2018 brain haemorrhage.
Ferguson appears to be in good health these days, having watched United at Old Trafford, which is now led by one of his former players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Last week, he visited Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino for the Champions League semi-final defeat against United’s rivals and neighbors Manchester City.
United will face Leicester – managed by note-taker Rodgers – on Tuesday-evening before meeting Liverpool on Thursday in a Premier League clash that was rescheduled due to protests from angry fans that delayed their scheduled game earlier this month. .