As we enter 2007 my team Manchester United sits proudly at the top of the English Premiership 6 points ahead of mega-rich Chelsea who have won the Premiership for the last two seasons.
The United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reached 65 years of age on New Year’s Eve and he is still going strong with no sign of wishing to retire. Good luck to him – he is doing as much as anyone, by example, to rid us of age discrimination.
There are many factors that go into making Sir Alex the most successful British football manager. Not least his incredible work ethic and dedication.
I love the story told by Peter Schmeichel ex-goalkeeper at Manchester United. Apparently Schmeichel was the most dedicated player when it came to the daily drudge of training. Schmeichel says he was always the first player to arrive in his car at the training ground – often around 6.30 am. He says that Sir Alex’s car was already there every day and as Schmeichel says ‘The bonnet of Sir Alex car was already cold.’
I do not believe in overnight success as I have often written. One of the greatest qualities of great leaders is hard work and maintaining that work ethic when you have apparently reached the top of your profession.
Good health and good luck to Sir Alex and Manchester United for 2007.