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Alex Ferguson Turns His Attention To Newcastle United

7 years ago

In day two of the overwhelming media coverage of Alex Ferguson’s autobiography, it is Newcastle United’s turn to be in the firing line.

Yesterday we brought you Fergie’s scathing assessment of Sunderland’s fans and their club, one of his classic lines being;

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’ (read full article [intlink id=”35196″ type=”post”]HERE[/intlink]).

In comparison we appear to have got away lightly as Ferguson had this to say about our fans and club;

‘There was a phase in football when top players were being hired as Premier League managers straight away with no apprenticeship. Look at Bobby Robson who was pushed out by Newcastle. Sam Allardyce, a proven manager, was given six months by the same club.’

Whether or not it was time for Sir Bobby to retire or move upstairs or whatever, one thing is for sure and that is the situation was handled appallingly by Freddie Shepherd.

However, Allardyce was a total blight on Newcastle United (after being appointed by Shepherd incidentally) and the six months he was at St.James’ Park was six months too long! Fergie’s insinuation that Newcastle fans lack patience is not borne out by the time and number of chances given to managers over the years, including when Alan Pardew went 18 Premier League matches last season with only 3 wins, not many managers at other clubs could have survived their fans’ wrath on that record.

Fat Sam is of course best mates with Fergie so no wonder he’s weighing in on his side, shame Allardyce hadn’t been employed by Manchester United as a talent scout and I’d love to have seen Fergie’s face if he’d been handed Viduka, Geremi, Cacapa, Smith (did us and Fat Sam a big favour there!) and Barton on massive wages and next to nothing on the pitch.


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