London: David Beckham has said he considered asking Sir Alex Ferguson to manage his Major League Soccer team in Miami.
Beckham is preparing to set up a franchise in the US and admitted he was keen to approach Ferguson before the former Manchester United manager criticised him in his autobiography released last week.
Ferguson opened up on the breakdown in their relationship by insisting he sold the ex-England captain because he “thought he was bigger” than the club and blamed his celebrity lifestyle for damaging his chances of becoming an Old Trafford legend.
Beckham, speaking at the launch of his new book signing live on Facebook, declined to hit back at Ferguson over his explosive comments but has broken his silence by claiming he had weighed up calling the Scot to manage his club in America.
He said: “The funny thing was I’m involved in the MLS and bringing my own franchise into the league and actually he was one of the first in my phone book to contact as the manager, but I’m not so sure anymore — I’m not sure he’d accept!
“All joking aside, at the end of the day I wont be negative about Alex Ferguson because he gave me the chance to live my dream.
“I’m not going to sit here and be negative about a man who gave me a chance to play for my boyhood team, who I always dreamt of playing for.
“He gave me the chance to do that, he believed in me and believed in the rest of the young lads who came through this with us.”
Beckham is determined to pursue his dream of taking over a club in America, after enhancing his superstar status Stateside during his spell with Los Angeles Galaxy. The 38-year-old is still awaiting MLS approval and has declared an interest in owning a team in Miami, but insists he has no plans to manage himself.
“Miami is one of those places — there were a few others we looked at - and I’m passionate about that and being an owner of a team is something I feel passionate about,” he said.
“It has to excite me, management and coaching - I love coaching kids, my own kids and other kids - but manage is not something that floats my boat.”
In a wide-ranging interview, Beckham - who retired at the end of last season - also admitted the lowest point of his career was after the World Cup in 1998 when he was vilified in this country for being sent off in the game against Argentina.