David Beckham has said he considered approaching Sir Alex Ferguson to manage Beckham's planned Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami, only to reconsider following the publication of Ferguson's autobiography last week.
John Percy of the Daily Telegraph reports Beckahm's comments:
The funny thing was I'm involved in the MLS and bringing my own franchise into the league and actually he was one of the first in my phone book to contact as the manager, but I'm not so sure anymore—I'm not sure he'd accept!
All joking aside, at the end of the day I wont be negative about Alex Ferguson because he gave me the chance to live my dream.
I'm not going to sit here and be negative about a man who gave me a chance to play for my boyhood team, who I always dreamt of playing for.
He gave me the chance to do that, he believed in me and believed in the rest of the young lads who came through this with us.
Beckham, 38, played under Ferguson at Manchester United from 1993-2003, winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the 1998-99 UEFA Champions League. Their relationship soured following a dressing-room incident that left Beckham needing stitches for a cut over his eye.
In My Autobiography, Ferguson wrote that Beckham had to leave United because Beckham thought he was "bigger than the manager."
"David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game," Ferguson wrote. "I felt uncomfortable with the celebrity aspect of his life."
Ferguson has drawn criticism over the book, notably from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, as per The Guardian. Ferguson, 71, retired at the end of last season after winning 13 league titles, five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League titles with Manchester United.
Beckham retired at the end of last season following a spell with Paris Saint-Germain. On Tuesday, various reports, such as these from Kevin Gray of Reuters and Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald indicated he had picked Miami as the home of an MLS expansion team.
Beckham's plans are reportedly awaiting approval. Beckham has said he will not manage the team, which has yet to be named.
"I love coaching kids, my own kids and other kids, but (club) management is not something that floats my boat," Beckham said, per the Daily Mirror's Alex Richards.
Neither, apparently, is the prospect of reuniting with Ferguson.