Patrice Evra reveals Sir Alex Ferguson told two Manchester United stars they would make great managers and the Frenchman, who has started his coaching badges, was one of them
- Manchester United icon Patrice Evra revealed he was tipped for management
- He blasted bosses who assume they’ll be great because they were great players
- Legendary former Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson also backed Ryan Giggs
Manchester United icon Patrice Evra has revealed legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson backed him and Ryan Giggs to become great managers in future.
But the 81-cap French international spoke out against managers who assume because they were great players, being a great manager would come naturally.
Manchester United icon Patrice Evra said Sir Alex Ferguson backed him to be a great manager
The 39-year-old blasted bosses who assume they’ll be great because they were great players
Evra returned to the Red Devils in September 2019 as a trainee coach at the club’s academy while completing his coaching badges.
He said in a video posted on Twitter: ‘You know, Sir Alex Ferguson said before he retired two players would be great managers – he said Ryan Giggs, and myself.
‘He said “Patrice, you’ve got everything. You know how to communicate with people, you know how to drive people”.
‘I am doing my coach badges. It doesn’t mean I want to be a manager straight away, I just want to have them. Some people think because they’ve been great players, they’re going to become great managers, but it’s false.
‘You need to be humble, you need to start from zero. Patrice Evra as a football player, yeah, people put me there [signalling up high]. But as a manager I am zero, so I’m learning step by step – we’ll see the future.’
Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on Monday after a poor run of Premier League form, and would almost certainly not have been given the Blues job without his illustrious playing career.
United legend Giggs took charge for four Manchester United games as an interim manager at the end of the 2013-2014 season, acted as assistant under Louis van Gaal and has been Wales boss since replacing Chris Coleman in January 2018.
Evra’s former side host Southampton on Tuesday after their clash with Arsenal on Saturday evening.
Evra also revealed Sir Alex backed Wales chief Ryan Giggs from his former cohort to succeed