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EX-FLEET STREET JOURNALIST DONNA GEE SHARES SOME REMARKABLE TALES OF COSTA BLANCA LIVING

The grudge man of Manchester United
03 June 2011 @ 22:01

FORGET IT FERGIE,
LIFE IS TOO SHORT

I’ve met Sir Alex Ferguson on a couple of occasions (well, been in his company) and I have to say it was a pleasant experience.
Even if the Manchester United boss’s red-nosed jollity had  been inspired at the time by a glass or six of vintage vino. So why did I find it so pleasant to see his charges on the receiving end at Wembley at the weekend?
It’s not that I’m a Barcelona fan – it’s just that I have no time for two-faced people. And I’m afraid Fergie is a classic example of a split personality.
You can’t argue with the Scottish superboss’s record as a football manager. He has no peers in terms of success over more than two decades.
What I find disgusting is that Mr McMighty has become bigger than Manchester United – and that those who employ him have allowed him to do as he likes.
Last week’s press conference in which he called for Associated Press reporter Rob Harris to be banned just for asking a question about Ryan Giggs received wide publicity. But it was nothing new.
Over the years, Fergie has banned dozens of journalists who dared to write or say something he didn’t like. Indeed, it makes me wonder if it is more than coincidence that the hack who churned out United copy for the Manchester Evening News for so many years was called David MEEK.
And Sir Alex is vindictive with it, too. Not for him the ‘let bygones be bygones’ approach.
His ludicrous vendetta against the BBC has gone on for seven years now – fuelled by a Panorama programme which investigated the business activities of his son Jason, who was then a football agent.
A more recent example of his petulance was the recall of two players on loan from United when Preston North End sacked another Fergie son, Darren (pictured) as manager during the season that has just finished.
The fact is that Sir Alex has become the victim of his own success. He seems to be convinced that he is even closer to God than Jose Morurinho and the late Brian Clough. And the United board are entirely to blame for the situation.
Quite simply, they lack the bottle to tell Ferguson ‘‘Either talk to the BBC along with the other broadcasting companies, or find yourself a new job.’’
OK, we all know what would happen. United would be looking for a new boss…and that is the problem.
Quite simply, the Old Trafford board are just as scared of him as the frightened media rabbits who bow and scrape to his every whim.
They humble themselves in the eyes of the Mighty Dictator, which makes me suspect that few of those who cover United matches on a regular basis write exactly what they think.
Which I find very discomforting.
 



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Angie said:
04 June 2011 @ 00:42

Errr...so what...doesn't take away the fact that Manchester United are an internationally renown team and they will continue to be so under the management of Alex Ferguson and probably the next manager whoever they will be. Sometimes you don't have to like the boss to succeed? Not sure what your blog is about? It's about football not player's personal lives and if he chooses not to engage in those questions then so be it - his choice - Manchester United are not contracted to reporters whatever channel they represent - why would he want to comment about his own sons sacking when the press conference is about Man United andnotPreston North End?


suelesj said:
08 June 2011 @ 10:15

As we live in a free country and Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest football manager Britain has ever seen, I think he has the absolute god given right to speak to who he wants to speak to and to ignore those he finds despicable. So what´s your problem?


Donna Gee said:
08 June 2011 @ 10:59

I don't have a problem, suelesj, Alex does. It's called a character defect and, not being a Manchester United head-in-the-sand Manchester United supporter, I am actually able to see it. You may think he's God but I happen to believe that while his football management success is unquestionable, he's far from perfect.


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