The TalkSport site has been having some fun recalling the various times Sir Alex Ferguson – that’s him, gagged, in the image above – has blown his top. The research may well have taken years, so copious is the archive.
Why did they bother? Ah, then you haven’t heard that the Manchester United boss has – TalkSport’s words – “reacted angrily to the sacking of son Darren at Preston by demanding the return of three of his Man United players from their loan spells at Deepdale”.
Hardly the most important talking point of the year just ending, but interesting all the same. And Salut! Sunderland – or, since this is a democracy, one part of it – is instinctively on SAF’s side.
This is part of a sequence of views expressed at the Blackcats list:
* “Not only does this crybaby continue to ignore a new PL condition about post TV interviews (which the PL still haven’t fined him for) he’s now withdrawn his loan players from Preston just because they’ve sacked his son. He’s a monster, but whil the media cowtow to him he’ll continue to do what he likes!”
* “To be fair, the loanees from Stoke to Preston have gone too.
I do agree about Fergie, though. He’s a twat. If I was the BBC, I would minimise coverage of Man Utd until Fergie played ball. The one thing that clubs crave is exposure. If all that Man Utd got was the last 5 mins on MOTD, no analysis and no additional coverage, would he still be so belligerent or would the board have something to say to him about it? Same for newspapers who have journos repeatedly banned – stop reporting on Man Utd. It’ll never happen though.”
* “Well he loaned the players cos of the manager so I can’t say I blame him.
I’d probably do the same if I was fergie, protecting his own and all that.”
AND then …
* “Fergie is petulant and irrational, and yes should be fined heavily for his babyish refusal to give post-match interviews, but I don’t think he’s a bad man and find myself agreeing with Rob. If I had some sort of financial interest in Acton Ladies FC, and they ditched my daughter, I’d withdraw it however badly she had been playing.”
In the event, there may have been no need for me to defend SAF. If Scott the Red’s comments below are correct, the original reports – we quoted TalkSport but they appeared pretty much everywhere else if I remember correctly – were bollocks. SAF says the players wanted to return.
If that is the case, and I have no reason to suppose otherwise, those who criticised him for acting in revenge for his son’s dismissal were wrong to do so. I trust StR is not so concerned with what Salut! Sunderland says that he has neglected to bang on the doors of TalkSport, Associated Newspapers et al to demand retractions.
– Monsieur Salut
… who should have added that Ian – first comment reproduced – finished by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Salut! Sunderland follows suit: have a good one (SAF, great manager if occasionally boorish curmudgeon, included).