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Alex Ferguson On Sunderland Fans ‘They’re An Odd Lot…Ideas Above Their Station’

7 years ago

If you’ve been awake today then you will almost certainly have heard the odd(!) mention that Alex Ferguson’s autobiography has been launched.

Naturally, most of the coverage has surrounded his relationships with Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane, Davdid Beckham and similar, however the sour faced retired Manc has also given us a bit of a laugh at our local friends down the road;

‘I had good relationships with most other clubs but none more so than with Sunderland. At least until the last five years of my career.
We’d give them good deals on our fringe players or ageing players, and in return they’d take some of our youngsters on loan give them Premier League experience.
Unfortunately they got greedy in asking for Scholesy when he still had a couple of years left in him. I was never going to agree to that, but they didn’t take the hint and came back in every transfer window, mainly because their fans “wanted” him.
They’re an odd lot let me tell you; ideas above their station yet supporting a team who are nothing more than a hindrance even when at their best under Peter Reid.
In the end I pacified them by offloading Brown and O’Shea – both good servants but past their sell by date in my mind. Both injury prone and liable to make mistakes. Still, they were good enough to do a job in a poor team.’

Inadvertently Fergie lays bare the shoddy nature of the loan market, different clubs doing favours for certain others, none more so than what Manchester United have done over the years for Preston and Peterborough when managed by Ferguson’s son Darren. It sums it up when Preston sacked Darren Ferguson and the Old Trafford club instantly recalled players that had gone to Preston on loan.


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