Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/25/12
Patience Vancouver Twenty-five years ago, the Manchester United soccer team in England decided to hire a Scottish manager named Alex Ferguson to run a team that had been a historical powerhouse, but had fallen on hard times, and had not won a title for 19 years. Ferguson was unable to immediately bring the championship demanded by the team’s rabid fanbase and, in line with an impatient local media they called for his head when his reign got off to a slow start. But Ferguson worked diligently at shaping the team he wanted with the understanding and support of ownership. He set up a system where facilities were assessed and improved, a reliable and dutiful group of assistants was hired, and players were afforded the time to develop and improve in a team and farm system that was rebuilt from the ground up. Eventually, Sir Alex earned the domestic league title Eventually, he earned the domestic league title everyone demanded six years into his tenure, and has gone on to produce succe...
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