Sir Alex Ferguson reneged on a “concrete” agreement to become the Tottenham manager two years before he began his illustrious 27-year spell in charge of Manchester United, according to former Spurs chairman Irving Scholar.
Keith Burkinshaw left his managerial position at White Hart Lane in 1984 after a disagreement with the board to outcry from the Spurs faithful, despite leading the club to the UEFA Cup and two FA Cup victories in the previous three campaigns.
Scholar has admitted he believed he knew the name of Burkinshaw’s replacement having shaken hands on a deal to bring in Ferguson, only for the Scot to go back on the agreement.
Ferguson had led Aberdeen to a league title in 1980 along with three successive Scottish Cup victories from 1982 to 1984 and success in the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup final against Real Madrid and was Scholar’s main target.
“The truth was that I had been talking to and negotiating with Alex Ferguson about a deal,” Scholar revealed to The Sun. “He and I had had very long and detailed discussions.