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Ally McCoist explains why Sir Alex Ferguson IS NOT the greatest manager of all time

Ally McCoist Sir Alex Ferguson manager of Manchester United celebrates victory and winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images).

To Ally McCoist, Sir Alex Ferguson isn't the greatest manager of all time. Surprising, considering both are proud Scotsmen who even spent time together at St Mirren. 

At least, it's surprising until you learn that Sir Alex Ferguson chose not to give McCoist a professional contract when the young striker was still making his way in the game. McCoist gripe with the legendary Manchester United manager becomes even clearer when realising that he opted against taking McCoist to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup. 

When pointed out to him by FourFourTwo, McCoist - in jest, it must be said - highlights that's why Sir Alex doesn't sit atop his list of the greatest managers of all time. 

Ferguson snubbed McCoist - twice -  as a young manager (Image credit: Getty Images)

"I remind Sir Alex every time I meet him, and he laughs," McCoist exclusively explains to FFT

"When I was a youngster, he’d pick me up from school and drive me over from East Kilbride to Paisley. I’d train with the kids at St Mirren, then wait for the first team to finish training and he’d drive me home. That was amazing. But he never signed me. I still tell him it’s the one thing that prevents him from being the greatest manager of all time! 

"Even the very best managers can make some quite unbelievable errors. Obviously it was all a disappointment, but we still talk regularly and enjoy winding each other up about that."

McCoist's career didn't turn out too badly (Image credit: Getty Images)

Fortunately, McCoist didn't let those snubs by Sir Alex affect his career. St Johnstone decided to sign a 16-year-old McCoist, who became the the then-record Sunderland signing just three years later. 

The Scottish striker eventually went onto make 61 appearances for his nation, as well as spend 15 seasons at his boyhood side in Rangers, winning 10 league titles and countless other individual accolades. 

Sometimes, even the best managers can get things wrong. Only sometimes, though. 

More Ally McCoist and Sir Alex Ferguson stories

Rangers legend Ally McCoist has told FourFourTwo that he could well have moved to the Premier League during his peak – but that he'd never have left his beloved Gers.

Dwight Yorke explains how Sir Alex Ferguson’s manner changed when his players appeared in the media.

The moment Brian McClair thought he’d be sacked by Sir Alex Ferguson: "Don’t take another f**king step".

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