Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has again spoken of failing to sign Paul Gascoigne.
Tottenham boss Terry Venables beat Fergie to Gazza’s signature when he became available from Newcastle United.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ferguson said: “Alan Shearer is one I wish I’d signed, but for me the most disappointing of all was Paul Gascoigne.”
“He was the best player of his era, a breath of fresh air because he played with a smile.”
And Ferguson looked back on the moment the Gazza deal slipped through his fingers.
He said: “We spoke to him the night before I went on holiday.”
“He said ‘Go and enjoy yourself, Mr Ferguson, I’ll be signing for Manchester United’.
“So I went on my holidays but Martin Edwards (then chairman) rang and said I’ve got some bad news – he signed for Tottenham.”
“They bought a house for his mother and father in the North East and that swung it.”
But Ferguson feels that Gascoigne made the wrong choice.
He said: “I think it was a bad mistake, and Paul admits it.”
“We had Bryan Robson, a Geordie, Steve Bruce, a Geordie, Gary Pallister, from Middlesbrough.”
“We had a structure of players who could have helped him and it could have given him some discipline.”