At the time the Scotsman was without a knighthood and was bringing success back to Aberdeen, but Wolves who were a lot more successful at the time tried but ultimately failed to persuade him to move south of the border.
Despite his success in Scotland, due to the Old Gold’s successes at the time, Ferguson made the trip down to the West Midlands after being offered the job as manager. Wolves were coming off a then more recent history that had seen them crowned champions of England three times, FA Cup winners and twice League Cup winners.
However, it didn’t end well as Fergie was ‘underwhelmed’ by the welcome as explained in Patrick Barclay’s 2010 Sir Alex biography (via the Daily Star). When he arrived there was only one person working at the stadium and as a result, “he couldn’t get on the plane quick enough” to go back to Aberdeen.
After failing to capture him they appointed Graham Hawkins and they would soon begin to drop down the leagues. Ferguson’s success, however, would continue, and he would soon move to Manchester United where he would go on to lead them to a record 13 Premier League titles.
After Wolves’ demise, they found themselves in the fourth division of English Football, it’s then that they made one of the best ever signings in striker Steve Bull. He joined in 1986 from fellow Midlands outfit West Bromwich Albion.
He was pivotal as the Wanderers won the Fourth and Third Division titles in successive seasons. He ended up staying at the club until injury ended his career in 1999.
When he retired he was the club’s greatest ever goalscorer with 306 strikes and it’s a proud record that remains to this day. He also broke the record for the most hat-tricks scored for the club at a whopping 18.
Sir Alex went on to work with some incredible strikers during his time at Old Trafford; Eric Cantona, Andy Cole and Wayne Rooney to name just a few but imagine what Wolves could have achieved if he had taken the job and gone on to work with Bull.
Given what he went on to achieve and that he is in the minds of many as the greatest manager ever, this is one manager that Wolves supporters will certainly be wishing they appointed.