Fellow Labour man (good) and football manager (bad) Fergie; is a cheat and a bully. Once again Sir Alex Ferguson makes the news for the wrong reasons. Another familiar rant against a referee who had the misfortune to be officiating at Old Trafford on a United bad day; unable to fix on any refereeing mistakes or bad decisions he decided that the referee in question was not fit enough to referee the game; he went on to draw unfavorable comparisons between English referees in general and their European counterparts who were said he “as fit as butchers dogs” except of course the ones who referee United games in Europe who are just dogs; (OK I made the European dogs bit up)
I first became aware of Ferguson as a player approx. 40 years ago and he has not changed one bit; in addition to present day bully and cheat you can add thug when he was a player; I would be very surprised if the bullying; cheating and thuggery were not in evidence when he turned out for his primary school team.
What most English football people; teams players fans commentators etc. will not know is that he has serious “previous” his behavior as a player was nasty and vicious; his ability was limited and this brought out his frustration. On one occasion in a Scottish Cup Final at a packed Hampden where his opponents Celtic were giving his side a drubbing he deliberately head butted Celtic’s Bobby Murdoch and rather like today he got away with it; the list of players who felt the force of his elbow in their faces is a long one.
As manager he took St. Mirren from relative obscurity to the top division where almost every game they played was littered with controversy and confrontations with referees; so wound up did he have the fans that they developed a taste for trouble and nastiness which they have never managed to shake off; “of all the racist fans I have ever come across in my career the fans of an obscure Scottish team called St. Mirren were the worst” (Ruud Gullit). The racism has been diluted greatly but by jings they are still angry about something. St. Mirren BTW were a good team then under Ferguson but trouble with a capital T. The caravan then pitched up in Aberdeen where something similar happened he produced a team which broke the dominance of the old firm and part of the price to be paid was that every fan in Scotland hated them; not just old firm fans as they would have you believe but everyone.
Fergie’s version of the ‘rota system’ at St.Mirren and Aberdeen which can be seen today at Man. U is for players to take it in turn kicking the most dangerous opponent and haranguing the referee; he is a good student he learned this from the odious Don Revie and Leeds. “someone who seeks to gain an unfair advantage is a cheat” that is the most common definition and it could have been coined for Fergie; that’s what all the abuse of referees is about; to intimidate them; storming down the tunnel at half time to wait for and abuse the ref. Is one of his favourites (no cameras) to catch it. People like Ferguson despite their success are bad for the game they will do anything to gain an edge including cheating; they are terrible examples to youngsters.
Manchester United in the past were everybody’s second favourite team this was because of their style and glamour; Munich also helped the legend as did their great manager Matt Busby who would be appalled at how the manager of his beloved United behaves; Busby would rather lose than carry on like Ferguson. From being loved and respected by everyone to being hated by everyone is what has happened under Ferguson; all the trophies and triumphs are not worth this; the sooner he goes the better for United and football, Manchester United are a great club and in time people will come to see that again; by then Ferguson will be remembered with embarrassment and shame by those who love the Beautiful Game.