Those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach, or so the saying goes. Now that Sir Alex Ferguson no longer can, he has turned his attention to a spot of teaching.

The recently retired Manchester United manager is to become a Harvard academic after agreeing to a “long-term teaching position” at the prestigious American university.

The 72-year-old, who retired from management last summer after 26 years in charge of Manchester United, will begin his new role as part of a new programme entitled ‘The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports’ in early May.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence,” Ferguson said.

The appointment comes less than a year after Ferguson gave Harvard’s Business School an insight in to his coaching methods

“The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community,” he said.

Following that, the pair worked together on a paper published in October of 2013. The Scot also participated in a number of Elberse’s classes.

“We look forward to welcoming Sir Alex Ferguson on the HBS campus to share his remarkable leadership journey, and contribute to our Executive Education participants’ ability to make a profound difference in the world,” Elberse said.