SAD NEWS: Former Manchester United director has passed away
His influence at Old Trafford was huge before he stepped down from the club in 2012 to pursue other interests away from football.
In an obituary for British Swimming where he was chairman, it wrote: “Maurice was a director at Manchester United FC for 28 years, famously brokering the deal to keep Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford after he had decided to quit.”
This was in back in 2002. A call from Watkins helped sway Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision and he went on to win another six Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup and three League Cups.
The Mail wrote that Watkins was influential in the appointment of Ferguson in the first place back in 1986.
Watkins took a personal role in the appointment, travelling to visit Ferguson in Scotland to persuade him to take on the role, along with three other United directors, The Times reported.