Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Chapman Ferguson was born at his grandmother’s home and grew up in a tenement. A World War II baby, coming into the world at a time when Britain was under siege in 1941, we imagine that his first impressions as a tiny tot might have been one of a confusing existence, when life was challenging, and sometimes frightening. His capacity to stand up to obstacles, therefore, might be to do with those distant childhood memories, but also because his Sun and Mercury, both in Capricorn, denote a solid, integrated type of bloke, not one to wear his heart on his sleeve. Sir Alex has a tendency to rule the roost. His capacity to manage Manchester United is more than successful, it is stellar, but his view that “My way or the highway” plus a rather stern and paternal approach to players, has seen many champions leave the team. David Beckham, Bagriel Heinze, Paul McGrath, Roy Keane, and more recently Christiano Ronaldo Aveiro all have become the brunt of Sir Alex’s perception that players should not ever get too big for their football boots.
Sir Alex was a striker at only sixteen years old, his love of the game started early. In 1974, he got his first management position for East Stirlingshire, but right from the start ruled the team with a rod of iron, one of the players at the time, Bobby McCulley said he had never been afraid of anyone, but Ferguson “was a frightening bastard from the start”. But notwithstanding the complaints East Stirlingshire was pulled up by its shoe strings, and “being cruel to be kind” this has continued to be a method which has not failed him throughout his magnificent career. He is an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame, and his position as the centre of British football cannot be denied. Let us put it this way, this remarkable man has guided United to ten league championships, two Champions Leave Titles, and was the first manager to lead a British team to a treble league championship, and win the FA cup five times. Sir Alex has become the most successful manager in the history of English football. But then you might ask what makes him tick?
Well, let us return to his Mercury in Capricorn. For this is the planetary placement on which we rest our case. That aspect would make him a planner, a constructor, a controller, someone with his finger on the pulse, someone with vision, someone who can pull a team together when nobody else can. Why? Well because of his charismatic presence. This is a man who walks into room and people sit up straight. He has had his disappointments of course, especially when he was managing Aberdeen, but he would have always had the capacity to stare reality right in the face. He never found deadlines difficult to fulfill. He will stick to his guns until the bitter end. He has enough inner solidity to carry his team through any fiery hoop. Do not expect Sir Alex to small talk his way through life. If he has nothing important to say he will keep quiet. He does not believe in pussy footing around a problem, and is able to deal with his own bouts of discouragement when they come, as they will.
Saturn in Taurus will make him stubborn, sometimes too exacting, and sometimes overly conservative. But then throw in Mars in Aries, and his deal is done, for it is the placement of a true sportsman. The martial planet gifts him with a capacity to hold his energy, to believe in his cause, to remain consistent with his mission and lift himself and his team up by the boot strings. He once said “Only true champions come out and show their worth after a defeat and I expect us to do that!” after being beaten by Arsenal for the second time. A placement to note is Sir Alex’s Jupiter in Gemini. The planet of bounty and fulfillment has gifted this man with a quick mind, the capacity to analyze a problem and create solutions. The “beautiful game” is just that to Sir Alex, and to sustain it and help it flourish he knows how to play it, whether from the side lines or in the centre of the field.
He is a happily married man and his Venus in Aquarius would make sure his wife is his pal, used to his moments of staring into space, not saying a word. She understands he is de-stressing and needs to recharge. She will stand by him, just as he stands by his family and his team, for they are everything to him. He will never just pay attention to individual players but encourage lads to mix and merge, always cooperating for the game. His vision is inspiring to his fans, and rather like an old fashioned hero, the intrepid Sir Alex will continue to lead British football forwards to touch the stars! Over the next couple of years there are some very big deals ahead for Sir Alex. In fact, Lady Luck will walk besides him, helping him to achieve even more for his team, and the reputation of British football. We will keep an eye on his activities and follow Sir Alex through even more controversy and even more success. We wish him luck!
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