Fergie had no interest in managing England.
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he turned down the England job twice.
“I was offered the England job on two occasions. Adam Crozier, chief executive of the FA from 2000 to 2002, came to see me before Eriksson was appointed in 2001,” Ferguson revealed in his autobiography.
“The first time was before that, when Martin Edwards was chairman around the time Kevin Keegan took the reins in 1999.
When asked about the job in his book launch press conference, Ferguson said: “There was no way I could contemplate taking the England job. Can you imagine me doing that? A Scotsman?”
He added: “It was a great opportunity in life to relegate them! It didn’t take me long [to decide]. I thought about it for ten seconds.”
The legendary manager recently admitted that Roy Hodgson’s job is ‘horrible’, stressing “unless you win, it’s a hard job.”
“I don’t think the manager’s job with England is a good one. I think it’s a horrible one,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“Managers have tried different ways of managing the press.
“But because England haven’t won the World Cup since 1966 they’re all going up the same alley.”