Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 29 May 2016

Alan Green: Fergie won’t grow old gracefully

Published 02/01/2013

Yes, Sir Alex Ferguson is manager of (one of) the most famous club in the world and, therefore, has to endure excessive media attention but that he escaped rebuke for his own recent excesses is beyond the pale.

I thought his verbal attack on Ashley Williams when Robin van Persie was hit on the head by the Welshman’s clearance — “could have been killed” — was so outrageous it warranted an apology: from him.

Then his treatment of the officials at Old Trafford on Boxing Day should have brought punishment by the FA.

Mike Dean, in his pathetic acceptance of Ferguson’s behaviour, did a disservice to all his colleagues and to football as a whole.

Except when it suits him, the United boss (pictured) can be loathsome and ill-disciplined.

His dismissal of Newcastle as a “wee club in the north-east” was a shameful swipe at a great club.

Why attack Newcastle when Alan Pardew was really his target?

Typical Fergie: a wonderfully successful manager, perhaps the best ever, but someone, outside of football, I wouldn’t give the time of day to.

Talk about NOT growing old gracefully…

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