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Respect For Sir Alex Ferguson? You’re Having A Laugh

9 years ago

Alex Ferguson has an unbelievable record of winning trophies, both at Aberdeen and Man.United.

Quite rightly he will be seen as one of the most talented managers ever, and if I was a fan of that other United, I would no doubt worship Fergie and be absolutely gutted that his reign is at an end.

However, I am not a Man.U. fan and the endless debate since the retirement announcement is doing my head in, the overkill is on the Thatcher level.

I can understand the Manchester United fans seeing Ferguson as somebody who is a lot more than a football manager who’s very good at winning trophies, but I have cringed at the love-in that I have seen by some Newcastle fans and local press in the north east.

His belief that rules are there for everybody else is well known and the arrogance he has treated both other clubs and the authorities with is contemptible.

I think there are a lot of people with short memories and you don’t even have to go back to his disgraceful behaviour when he accused professional footballers of not trying against Newcastle in 1996.

Have some already forgotten his behaviour and what he said less than five months ago?

His bullying (cheating) of the match officials was an absolute disgrace at Old Trafford in December and as if that wasn’t bad enough, what he said afterwards just took the biscuit;

“Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me. He is the worst at haranguing referees, he shoves them and makes a joke of it. How he can criticise me is unbelievable. It is unfortunate but I am the manager of the most famous club in the world; not Newcastle, a wee club in the north east”.

His apology some days later just doesn’t cut it with me, he just realised he’d gone too far in showing his true self and could see the criticism of his embarrassing behaviour building up in the national press.

As we said back then, he is simply a hypocrite and his behaviour to officials is clear cheating as he attempts to get an advantage by intimidation, I have no problem with Man.U. fans loving him for doing that for them but don’t expect me to as well.

If you still don’t have Fergie marked down as the biggest hypocrite who ever lived, just look at what he had to say previously about the Respect campaign;

“There has been, over the years, an increase in attempts to manipulate the referee, such as players crowding around the referees, and it can’t do the referee’s confidence any good – you’re undermining his authority.

The backing-off process and respect of decisions is a step we hope will improve the quality of referees and the game itself”.

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