Forget Shearer and Henry – legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson should be the Premier League’s first hall of fame inductee.
Last month, when the Premier League announced that they would be opening up a hall of fame, debates swept through the internet as to who should be among the first 2 inductees, which were set to be announced this month. The announcement has been postponed due to COVID-19, but the names of Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, and a few others were thrown around as potential first inductees.
The Premier League stated in its official release that this hall of fame would be for players only. To that, I wholeheartedly disagree.
When you look back at Premier League history, one man, and one man alone, stands head and shoulders above the rest as the most successful – Sir Alex Ferguson.
If this hall of fame was open to managers, which it should be, then Sir Alex Ferguson would be the unanimous first inductee – followed probably by Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, or one of the players listed above.
The Scotsman’s Premier League career is one that likely will never be surpassed. He won 13 of the 21 Premier League trophies available to him across 3 different decades which yielded multiple different trends – a task that seems almost impossible to us now.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s ability to get the best out of his players by knowing how they think was, in my opinion, by far his best quality, and one that allowed him to achieve the sort of success that he did.
During his storied career, Ferguson helped produce some of the very best players to grace English football, including Scholes, Beckham, Giggs, Rooney, Keane, Ferdinand, and many, many more. His achievements are simply breathtaking – matched with his longevity. I have no doubt that he would have been able to continue achieving success to this very day had he remained manager of Manchester United.
This COVID-19 delay is giving the Premier League a chance to have a little rethink, and if that rethink is successful, they will open this hall of fame to ALL Premier League legends, not just players, and induct Sir Alex Ferguson as the rightful inaugural member.