Chewing Gum At White Hart Lane: Fergie Agreed To Manage Tottenham

Sir Alex Ferguson’s sliding doors moment has arrived; one version of the fiery Scot is the man we all know today, whilst another version of the now-75-year-old is confined to a mental institute after being forced to stay at White Hart Lane for 27 years.

It has been revealed that Manchester United’s greatest ever manager may well have never ended up at Old Trafford, had he been a man of his word – thankfully for the Red Devils, Fergie has never been shy to contradict himself.

“The truth was that I had been talking to and negotiating with Alex Ferguson about a deal. 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.

“So we had this seminal moment of the handshake. As you know, unfortunately, he didn’t keep to it.

“He never told me why. I had my own theories but it doesn’t matter anymore. It was a disappointment. He stayed at Aberdeen for another two years.”

Former Spurs chairman, Irving Scholar, in ‘White Hart Lane — The Spurs Glory Years’

It would’ve been interesting to see how Fergie, fresh off a brief stint of managing Scotland, would’ve faired at White Hart Lane, considering the initial struggles the Scot faced at Manchester United.

Would Fergie have had greater initial success at Spurs, due to being able to call upon talents like Ossie Ardiles, Chris Waddle and Clive Allen, rather than a team devoid of superstars, apart from an ageing Bryan Robson, United?

Tottenham fans must now wonder what might’ve been, but at least now, in Mauricio Pochettino, they have their closest version of their own Sir Alex Ferguson.