Date: 8th November 2006 at 3:52pm
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Sir Alex wrote in his autobiography that during his time at Aberdeen, he had turned down job offers from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The Lilywhites’ chairman Irving Scholar has provided some details about this offer in his book, Behind Closed Doors.

Scholar claims nothing less then that he agreed to personal terms with Fergie after Keith Burkinshaw had decided to resign at the end of the 83/84 season, but our fiery Scot pulled out of the deal at the last minute.

‘Keith Burkinshaw didn’t want to continue after the end of the season and I had been talking to Alex Ferguson. These conversations had reached the point of agreeing personal terms and we shook hands on a deal.

‘However, he had second thoughts about the matter and decided not to accept my offer.

‘He had a father-son relationship with the Aberdeen chairman and I think, on reflection, he felt he would be letting him down if he left.’

It’s certainly an interesting question to ask that whether Fergie would have been as succesful at Tottenham as he had become at United?