Speaking in an hour long interview with the US TV channel PBS, Ferguson has revealed that Abramovich approached him to take over at Stamford Bridge, but that he was not interested in the slightest.

“I said no chance,” said Ferguson, who spent 26 years managing Manchester United before retiring in May after winning the Premier League.

When asked about the chances of him returning to management, or taking the reins at United again, he flatly ruled it out, too.

“I’m not interested in managing again, getting myself all worked up,” he commented, clearly demonstrating that he is enjoying his new life on the sidelines.

After winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, a Cup Winners Cup, five FA Cups and four League cups, he is now a director at Old Trafford but has no intention of stepping back into the job that made him one of the most successful and celebrated managers in world football.

His successor, David Moyes, was Ferguson’s choice for the role but has endured a difficult time to his tenure of the current Premier League champions, with the Red Devils currently sitting 12th in the table and eight points behind leaders Arsenal after clocking up their worst Premiere League start for 24 years.

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