Fergie lands £100k-a-day deal as United ambassador… with help from son who United once vowed never to work with
Dealbroker: Jason Ferguson will take care of Sir Alex’s options in retirement
Jason Ferguson is masterminding father Sir Alex’s hugely lucrative post-management options nine years after the Manchester United board pledged never to do business again with his football agency.
Jason’s disbanded Elite Sport ceased to act on United transfers following an internal inquiry into the 99 questions posed by United’s then major shareholders, John Magnier and JP McManus, which put Sir Alex’s transfer dealings under unprecedented scrutiny.
But the wheel has turned to the extent that Fergie’s reported £2m-a-year United ambassador deal was negotiated by Jason. The contract is for 20 appearances per year that value Sir Alex’s time at a whopping £100,000 a day.
And that day rate is what Fergie, whose retirement was front-page news in the Financial Times, could expect to earn on the business management speaking circuit around the world.
Certainly United understand Fergie’s immense value as a global figure in terms of their ever-expanding commercial operation.
Jason is also handling his father’s dealings with publisher Hodder & Stoughton for his second autobiography, to be published in October, for which an advance of around £2m was agreed three years ago.
Their brief is to find the former Holland forward a club to manage next season.
Four members of FIFA’s tarnished executive lied to the Duke of Cambridge by pledging their vote to England.
Yet it must be said reverential awards host Ed Chamberlin, of Sky Sports, took fawning interviewing to extremes in the presence of Sir Alex.
The FA have often been criticised for displaying an arrogant sense of entitlement during tournament bid campaigns. But no one can accuse them of just assuming Manchester United’s David Gill will automatically win a place on the UEFA executive in Friday’s Congress ballot.
Gill has spent the last six months on a relentless FA-organised charm offensive, having face-to-face meetings with representatives of 46 out of the 53 voting Euro federations.
This included a trip to Moscow last week in between United’s trophy parade on the Monday and the end-of-season club dinner on Wednesday.
Gill has stepped down from his chief executive role at United to concentrate on UEFA matters and his successor, Ed Woodward, has been handling the negotiations over Rio Ferdinand’s new one-year contract.
However, new director Sir Alex Ferguson is not expected to follow suit next season.
Purdy went to the sauna accompanied by his promoter Barry Hearn.
The boxer was still 8oz over the limit after the sauna and reported to be looking ‘like a ghost’. The bout went ahead as a non-title fight with Purdy quitting after seven rounds.
Board general secretary Robert Smith, aware of acrimony between warring promoters, says he wants to gather evidence from all sides.