They are long-time pals and enjoy a pleasant, professional relationship, so the comparisons come easily.
Paul Nicholls is a racing equivalent of his friend and patron Sir Alex Ferguson .
From humble beginnings to a champion trainer many times over.
The early starts, the late finishes, the drive, the determination, the temper, the star-making, the rebuilding of teams.
Never easing off the daily dedication, but characters made for the big occasion.
For Nicholls, that is the Cheltenham Festival.
For Fergie lifting the European