Ex-Man Utd chief admits he lied to speak to Ferguson

Date published: Tuesday 7th November 2017 11:03

Martin Edwards admits someone from Manchester United rang Aberdeen and put on a fake Scottish accent pretending to be Gordon Strachan’s agent just to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson moved to Old Trafford from Pittodrie 31 years ago this week before enjoying unprecedented success with the Red Devils.

The Scottish manager won the SPL three times with the Dons in addition to four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup. Former United chairman wanted to speak to Ferguson about the possibility of replacing Ron Atkinson but he feared Aberdeen would refuse to allow their manager to speak to him.

“Obviously I couldn’t just pick up the phone to the secretary at Aberdeen and say ‘this is Martin Edwards, can I speak to Alex Ferguson’,” he told the Warm Down podcast.

“So one of my directors came up with the idea of getting on the phone, put on a Scottish accent and say they were Gordon Strachan’s agent or accountant or whatever.

“As soon as I was able to speak to Alex I just said ‘is it worth us coming up for a talk’ and he gave us the right vibes. So we agreed to meet that night. It was pre-Ron being fired.

“There was no shortlist. I’d met Alex as part of the Strachan deal.

“He was helpful with us getting Strachan, so that’s when I personally got to know Fergie.”

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