Time and time again Ferguson has made big, courageous decisions. Some of them backfired. But the point is that, while most clubs tend to be conservative, Sir Alex has been bold.
Playing safe would have been the easy thing for him to do all these years. It’s what many managers do — you take it one step at a time and opt for risk aversion rather than rolling the dice. Ferguson has gone down a different path.
But the fact is that Sir Alex is still successful in his fourth decade at Old Trafford because, more than most, he’s been willing to put his reputation on the line with the kind of major decisions some of his colleagues prefer not to make.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the understanding that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. ”
“From now on you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.”