Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson to be played by David Tennant in movie adaptation?


With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring the 71-year old may instead decide that the time is right to move into endorsements and Paddy Power have odds on him appearing on TV advertising before this time next year. Given his team’s penchant for late goals in what pundits dubbed “Fergie time” the Scotsman is at odds of 33/1 to appear in a TV ad for watch maker Rolex.

As well as late goals Ferguson is also famous for how much chewing gum he gets through in a game and Paddy Power have him at odds of 100/1 to appear in an ad for Wrigleys. Beauty brand Babyliss may see the man famous for delivering the hairdryer treatment to his players as the perfect new ambassador with odds on him appearing in their TV advertising at 150/1.

Paddy Power are also taking bets on who will play the Scot in an inevitable film about his life. Here, the favourite is David Tennant, who once played Man Utd coach Jimmy Murphy in a movie, at 6/1 followed by The Damned United star Michael Sheen and Desperate Housewives’ Dougray Scott who are both available at 7/1.

Meanwhile, the bookie gives former United front man and well known thespian, Eric Cantona, a 20/1 shot of playing his former boss while Ali-G creator Sacha Baron Cohen is the 100/1 long shot in the betting.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said “As a living legend Sir Alex Ferguson will be as bankable as a commercial ambassador as he was as a football manager and brands will be going through walls to have him endorse their products.”

Alex Ferguson’s next endorsement
33/1 Rolex
100/1 Wrigleys
150/1 Babylis

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Who will play Alex Ferguson in the movie adaptation?
6/1 David Tennant
7/1 Michael Sheen
7/1 Dougray Scott
12/1 Robert Carlyle
16/1 Peter Capaldi
16/1 Ewan McGregor
16/1 James McAvoy
16/1 Alan Cumming
16/1 Daniel Day-Lewis
20/1 John Hannah
20/1 Clive Owen
20/1 Eric Cantona
25/1 Robbie Coltrane
25/1 Gerard Butler
25/1 Alex Ferns
25/1 Gary Oldman
25/1 Gary Lewis
25/1 Tom Wilkinson
33/1 Alex Norton
33/1 Brendan Gleeson
33/1 Kevin Whately
33/1 Steve Coogan
33/1 Colin Firth
40/1 James MacPherson
40/1 John Thomson
40/1 James Nesbitt
40/1 Matt Smith
40/1 Ewen Bremner
40/1 Martin Sheen
50/1 Billy Connolly
66/1 Colin Farrell
66/1 Sean Connery
100/1 Sacha Baron Cohen