Alex Ferguson signs up for LinkedIn

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ferguson makes his social networking debut
Ferguson makes his social networking debut

Alex Ferguson has been out of work (to an extent) since he retired as Manchester United manager in the summer of 2013 - but he appears to be keen to prove he still has something to offer to perspective employers after starting his own LinkedIn page.

Ferguson has been earning around £2m-a-year from United since he stepped down as manager, with his role as a director and ambassador ensuring he will not be running out of spare change any time soon.

That figures has been substantially boosted by public appearances and speaking engagements and while the fee to hire him is pretty astronomical, it is fair to say that an expensive dinner with Fergie as the guest speaker would be a profitable event.

So while it is hard to believe the greatest living football manager of them all needs to promote himself on the site that brands itself as the 'World's Largest Professional Network', it seems as if the decision to get the first Fergie social networking page is all about the release of his latest book.

Ferguson's page sees him describe himself as a "Director, Ambassador, Visiting Fellow, Author", and he offered up a first post that included this motivational line:

There is even a chance to win a meet and greet with Ferguson at London's Royal Festival Hall on his LinkedIn page, with the soccer legend keen to brand himself as a leader in his football afterlife.

Ferguson has attracted over 15,000 followers in his first few days on LinkedIn and that number is bound to grow when people realise one of the most loved and loathed figures in football history has dipped his toe into social media waters.