Carlo Ancelotti has spoken for the primary time about rejecting an strategy from Sir Alex Ferguson to take over as Manchester United boss after the legendary Scot’s retirement in 2013.
Ancelotti is one among solely three managers to have received the Champions League 3 times, and that feat hadn’t gone unnoticed with Ferguson.
The Italian, whose Everton aspect face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer within the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night time – which is LIVE on talkSPORT – had all however agreed to hitch Actual Madrid on the time however was grateful to Ferguson for contemplating him within the first place.
Recalling the proposal from Ferguson, he stated: “You wish to know from me?!
“I can say that I nonetheless hold a unbelievable relationship with Sir Alex, and we met when he determined to [retire].
“However I used to be near Actual Madrid, and so I recognize the truth that at the moment he talked to me. And that’s it, no different alternative [to manage United].”
David Moyes was finally named as Ferguson’s successor – largely due to a glowing reference from his fellow countryman – however he was sacked after simply eight months.
Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have additionally crammed the Outdated Trafford hotseat, with membership legend Solskjaer at the moment two years into his rollercoaster tenure at United.
Ancelotti, in the meantime, has gone on to handle Bayern Munich and Napoli since Ferguson’s retirement and is now 12 months into his reign at Everton.
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