LONDON - Sir Alex Ferguson says he twice rejected the chance to become England manager during his glittering career at Manchester United.
The Scot makes the revelation in Alex Ferguson, My Autobiography, which was launched at a press conference on Tuesday in London.
Ferguson is typically forthright in the book, to be officially published on October 24, criticising several former players including Roy Keane and David Beckham.
The 71-year-old, who retired last summer after 26 years in charge at United, said the Football Association approached him twice to take over as England manager.
The first time was in 1999, before Kevin Keegan was given the job, and the second in 2001 before Sven Goran Eriksson took over.
"(Adam) Crozier made me the offer to manage the team," Ferguson says.
"It didn't take me long to decide, 10 seconds. There was no way in a million years I could manage England.
"Imagine me going back to Scotland after that, dearie me. Of England, it was a great opportunity to relegate them."
Ferguson, who managed Aberdeen and Scotland in the 1986 World Cup finals, does not hold back from criticising some of his former players.
His former captain Keane is particularly targeted, with Ferguson saying that the Irishman became a liability when he began to lose his dominance in midfield toward the end of his career.
"The hardest part of Roy's body is his tongue," Ferguson writes.