"Ich bin über den Rücktritt von Ferguson schockiert!"
von Alex Thomas (CNN International) / Mai 2013
1999 Gewinn der Champions League (Foto Firo)
Der zweifache Welttorhüter und Europameister Peter Schmeichel spielte 8 Jahre unter dem ManU-Trainer Alex Ferguson und feierte mit ihm gemeinsam mehrere Meisterschaften und 1999 den Gewinn der Champions League. CNN-Sportkorrespondent Alex Thomas sprach mit Schmeichel über den Rücktritt des Erfolgstrainers. CNN International stellte torwart.de den Interviewtext exklusiv zur Verfügung.Die Highlights des Interviews:
Peter Schmeichel über das Timing des Rücktritts:
„Ich bin schockiert…ich bin enttäuscht. Wir wussten, dass es einmal soweit
sein wird, aber ich denke niemand hat damit gerechnet, dass es so früh
passiert. Das Timing ist komisch und ich kann mir keinen Reim darauf
Peter Schmeichel Über die Entscheidung:
„Er wird sicherlich mit seiner Familie und seinen engsten Freunden darüber
gesprochen haben… Aber wie ich schon sagte, es steckt etwas dahinter, wovon
wir nichts wissen.“
Peter Schmeichel über Sir Alex Ferguson:
„Er ist der beste Manager der Welt und er ist auch ein toller Typ und ein
wirklich guter Freund.“
Peter Schmeichel über Sir Alex Fergusons Manager-Qualitäten:
„Ja, er kann hart und schwierig sein. Aber wenn man mit jungen Spielern
zusammenarbeitet, die noch keine Berufserfahrungen gesammelt haben und auf
einmal viel Geld verdienen, muss man auch mal hart zu ihnen sein. Manchmal
muss er die Spieler zügeln und wird in einer gewissen Weise zum zweiten
Das komplette Interview in englischer Sprache
Alex Thomas: Is this a sad day or is it a happy day to rejoice at what he achieved at United?
Peter Schmeichel: Good morning, Alex. I'm telling you. It is a sad day.
I'm.. I'm shocked. I'm sad… I'm disappointed. It's a day, I think, everyone
who loves Manchester United, everyone who has worked with Alex… It's a day
that we have been expecting, but I have to be completely honest, I didn't
think that was now. I thought that was a couple of years down the line. So,
I assume there's something out there that we don't know. Because it's the
timing. You mentioned the timing, it's kind of weird. I'm trying to make
sense of it this morning, but you know, I've come… I can't come to a
conclusion. I can't make sense of it.
Alex Thomas: Is that typical of Sir Alex then, that he kept someone like you guessing as much as the rest of us?
Schmeichel: Not really, I mean, obviously, he's been holding that position for so
many years and he knows whenever he's making big decisions like signing
players or letting players go… it's important that it's kept under wrapped
for as long as possible, because I mean you only have to look at the media
this morning… how the media has reacted to this. It's big. Everything that
Manchester United is doing, it's big. It's going worldwide and something as, you know, as big as his retirement, he would have spoken to his family, his very, very close friends. I'm sure he's had a word with Edward Woodward and probably also the owners, about it, the Glazer family. But, as I say,
there's gotta be something out there that we are not aware of.
Alex Thomas: Yeah, there are all sorts of rumours, aren't there, Peter? You don't
think after all this time that Alex has been forced out in any way, do you?
Schmeichel: No no no no. Absolutely not. Oh no, no. No, I mean you have to remember
that the club is going, on the commercial side and on the leadership side
are going through some major, major changes this summer. David Gill is
stepping down as CEO. Edward Woodward is taking over as CEO. There's going
to be changes to the directorship. A lot of people are going to have
different positions next season. So that in itself is major, major for
Manchester United to have that many changes in a short period of time. So to
have a managerial change as well… no there's no way that I can see that this
is something they've asked him to do. He's done tremendously well with the
team. He's built a team which will be playing together for the next five or
six years, a lot of youth, there's some experience in there beyond this
talent, and I cannot see that the owners being unhappy with that. I mean
come on! It's Sir Alex Ferguson… You don't ask for Alex Ferguson…
Alex Thomas[interrupts]: Yes, and we know of course he's going to stay on as an
ambassadorial role and he's Manchester United through and through. We can't
see him leaving the club and that's not going to happen. Peter, you talk
about this big news. You're absolutely right. I mean we're doing rolling
coverage on it right now on CNN International to 250 million households
around the world. It wasn't necessarily quite such big news when he took
over back in 1986. Around then, when Manchester United was still a big name,
but really had fallen on hard times on the pitch. Tell us a bit, obviously
you weren't there right from the beginning, but tell us a bit about what it
is about Sir Alex Ferguson that made him drag Manchester United from being
just a big name underachieving to the global sports brand that it is now.
Schmeichel: Well, first of all, he has his philosophy. He knows exactly what he
wants with his football teams and what he wanted with the club. Then his
determination to actually put it into… to… to life if you like… He knew that
he wanted to build the academy so he could produce players for the team. So
he would… you know, the mentality, the skillset… the teamwork, if you like,
the framework would have to go in at an early age and he did that. He
produced a classical, the class of 92, with David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul
Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville. I mean all those players who became big,
big Manchester United players, England players, big international stars. He
built those, he created those players and he knew he was going to do that
right from the moment that he stepped through the doors of Old Trafford in
'86, so his determination to carry that out as well. I mean he's relentless.
He never ever gives in. He knows exactly where he's going and he's so
Alex Thomas [talks over]: What's he like to work with?
Schmeichel: …of every person he's got in his command. Sorry?
Alex Thomas: What's he like to work with?
Schmeichel: He's the best manager in the world and he's the best guy as well. He's a
really good friend as well. The point about his knowledge of every player -
he doesn't manage players as a group, he manages players individually. So
some players, you know, need a certain kind of treatment, an arm around the
shoulder. Other players need to be pushed more. And he does that and he does
it obviously. It's not something that is hidden. We all know that we are
being treated differently. But at the end of the day you accept that because
the end result is that everybody plays very well for the team. You win
football matches, eventually you win trophies. And he drives that, and yes
he can be hard, he can be tough, but when you're dealing with young players,
who really haven't got a lot of working experience in life, coming into a
lot of money and all that, you need to be tough. There are times you really
need to put your foot down and in a way he becomes your second dad. He's a
guy that educates you in life to prepare you for what's after football. And
he does all that. It's not obvious. It's not like he says 'when you finish
this is gonna happen'. But he prepares you, puts you in a frame of mind that
makes you deal with really, really tough situations. And for me, the world
has never ever seen a anyone like Sir Alex Ferguson, when he first came
about and I don't think anyone, anyone will ever get to that level.
Alex Thomas: Actually you talk about the world, because we've been reporting that
he's the most successful manager in English football, but tell us about his
reputation… you know football is probably the only global sport - how is Sir
Alex viewed outside of the UK?
Schmeichel:I think that we will see this in the next coming days. I think that
he'll be recognised as the biggest manager ever. To hold the position at one
of the biggest football clubs. We claim we are the biggest football club
[laughs], but for argument's sake let's say one of the biggest. To hold that
position for nearly 27 years. I mean that in itself is an achievement that's
never ever is gonna be made again, winning the treble in there and actually
winning the first championship was a hurdle, a big big hurdle to come
across. Winning the treble in '99. Yes, it's happened in other countries. In
Spain, probably, most probably will happen in Germany this season, but no
one has the FA Cup. This is what people really don't understand. The FA Cup
is as tough as the Champions League to win. It is. It's just a very
difficult competition to win. People don't realise. So to win all three
trophies in the 1990s. I mean that in itself shows how good a manager he is.
I mean this guy, he's at the top of the pack for sure. He's completely
unrivalled in my opinion.