LAST_UPDATEMon, 23 Jul 2018 1pm

Sir Alex Ferguson Agreed Deal To Manage Tottenham Hotspur Before Re-Thinking Decision

Sir Alex Ferguson agreed a deal to manage Tottenham Hotspur before becoming Manchester United boss but had a change of heart at the last minute, according to former Spurs chairman Irving Scholar.

The legendary Scot moved to Old Trafford in 1986 from Aberdeen and spent 27 trophy-laden years in the north-west.

The 75-year-old retired from football in 2013 after leading United to Premier League glory but the landscape of English football could have been very different.

Scholar claims he met Ferguson in 1984 and the Scot verbally agreed a deal to take over at White Hart Lane before deciding to stay in Scotland for two more years.

‘The truth was that I had been talking to and negotiating with Alex Ferguson about a deal,’ Scholar is quoted as saying in Martin Lipton’s upcoming book ‘White Hart Lane – The Spurs Glory Years’.

‘He and I had had very long and detailed discussions.

‘I told him that I was a very old-fashioned type of chap and that the most important thing was that once you agree something, once you shake someone’s hand, it’s in concrete.

‘Once you do that, then you do not — under any circumstances whatsoever — you do not go back on it. It’s over’.