Professor of psychology explains why Sir Alex was so special as manager
Cary Cooper, professor of organizational psychology at Manchester University explained: "Coaches in sport are really important people. People perform for them. They’re like a surrogate parent figure, like a father or mother who is encouraging you.
"A good coach, like a Sir Alex Ferguson, takes that role on and becomes the father figure for the whole team and when that person leaves, you’re almost homeless. That parent figure you valued, who nurtured you and who you wanted to please has gone and there is less motivation to perform."
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