SAF: Tough for young managers

The United boss said the precarious nature of the job plus dealing

with celebrity players and trigger-happy chairmen made it a

different occupation to when he started. Ferguson, 69, who was

named as the League Managers’ Association (LMA) manager of the

season on Monday night, said: “I’m glad I’m not coming into the

game nowadays. It’s full of difficult situations – handling the

media is difficult, then you have to deal with the players’

profiles and agents, and there are different types of chairmen to

when I started. “I think it’s often a knee-jerk reaction to sack

managers – their performances are assessed very, very quickly and

that’s a big, big challenge in the game. Some young managers suffer

because of that, and that’s something the LMA are trying to

improve. “More than ever, management is a precarious industry. I

say to all young players that the first thing they need is a good

chairman. “There has been a lot of unusual sackings lately which

I’ve found hard to understand. “Roberto di Matteo was probably one

of the most surprising of the season because West Brom were playing

arguably some of the most attractive football in the Barclays

Premier League and scoring goals. “The threat of them going down

was probably why Roberto lost his job. But I would rather watch a

team playing the right way, whether they went down or not.” After

receiving his LMA award, Ferguson offered his support to sacked

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, and then sympathised with those

managers who had suffered relegation. “To the managers who had the

terrible disappointment of going down – sometimes as a manager you

don’t get the rewards you deserve,” added Ferguson. “Blackpool

played a fantastic game and gave something to the Premier League,

we will always remember how they played with abandon, enjoying it

and always playing attacking football. “I’ve already thanked Ian

Holloway for his contribution to the game this year. “Fortunately I

have no worries about Alex McLeish – I have known him since he was

a kid and he will be back alright. He’s used to dealing with

adversity and he will do so again.”