Ex-NBA star John Amaechi hits out at Manchester United boss’ management style

John Amaechi orlando magicFormer NBA star John Amaechi has criticised the management style of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The ex-Orlando Magic basketball player believes that while Ferguson’s tenure at Old Trafford has been “remarkable”, the Scotsman’s style would be old-fashioned for other professions.

“Give him his due, someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, who I think is a remarkable individual, there is no other job he could do as a manager,” Amaechi said during a Securing Sport 2013 conference, according to the Manchester Evening News.

“His style of management, we would not tolerate that in any other environment. If he was a French teacher at a school, he would last five minutes.”

Meanwhile, Ferguson is on course to lead his side to the Premier League title due to their current 15-point lead in the table.

Amaechi, originally from the United Kingdom, played as a center for Vanderbilt and Penn State and then moved on to the NBA to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995.

He spent two years playing in Europe before moving back to the United States to sign with the Orlando Magic. He then played for the Utah Jazz for the last two years of his professional basketball career.

His best season, with Orlando Magic (99-00), Amaechi averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg per game, playing 80 games (53 started), in 21.1 minutes per match.

Despite being 6’10, Amaechi was never a great shooter, averaging only 40 percent of shooting from the field in his career.

Amaechi played a total of 294 NBA games (93 started), averaging 6.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 16.4 minutes per game.


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