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Ferguson agrees to return to Management ...

... School, that is. The former United manager has taken on an academic position at Harvard Business School.

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According to reports in the Telegraph, Alex Ferguson has agreed to take a long-term academic position at Harvard University. United's former manager has developed quite a close relationship with Harvard's Business School over the past few years: he gave a lecture to students in 2012; he gave a series of interviews to academics later that year; and he contributed to a paper analysing his own magnificence in October 2013.

That paper was written with Anita Elberse, Harvard, academic, who is very pleased with Ferguson's acceptance of a more permanent role:

We look forward to welcoming Sir Alex Ferguson on the HBS campus to share his remarkable leadership journey, and contribute to our Executive Education participants' ability to make a profound difference in the world.

As for Ferguson, he also sounds quite pleased:

I'm delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence. The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.

It is not clear whether he'll be lecturing on succession planning, or ... you're still angry about the headline, aren't you? Apologies again.