Sir Alex Ferguson's team talk inspires GCU students

02 February 2010

Sir Alex with students outside the Govan Mbeki Building

Sir Alex with students outside the Govan Mbeki Building

Sir Alex Ferguson delivered an inspirational lecture to more than 200 students and staff as he returned to Glasgow Caledonian University.

The Manchester United manager, who received an Honorary Doctor of Letters in 2001, held a masterclass on campus, met parents and children from the award winning Caledonian Club and talked tactics with the University’s football teams during the visit.

Addressing the students, the double Champions League winner put his phenomenal success down to hard work, loyalty and the ability to make quick decisions.

He said: “There are very few geniuses in this world – the rest of us have to get out the door and work.

“There is really no substitute for discipline, loyalty, good time-keeping and hard graft.”

After the masterclass, he met children from Machrie Nursery School, in Castlemilk, who were taking part in IT, science and construction activities with the Caledonian Club.

As the half-day visit drew to a close, he chatted with members of GCU’s men’s and women’s football teams and watched them play a five-a-side match.

Anne Marie Monahan, who plays centre midfield for the women’s team and is a first year Physiotherapy student, said: “Playing in front of Sir Alex was excellent – although very nerve-wracking.  I was trying so hard not to make any mistakes!”

Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “Sir Alex is a hero not only because of his dynamic sporting leadership but also because of his passionate commitment to social justice and tireless work for charity

“Despite all his success, he has never forgotten his roots.

“He is a strong supporter of our university and shares our commitment to social justice.

“The masterclass was a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into inspirational leadership, from a true master in the field."