Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Audio: Former Manchester United player Paddy Crerand furiously denies Sir Alex Ferguson retirement news hours before manager steps down

Paddy Crerand is still an employee of Manchester United, some 40 years after retiring as a player. He wants to see Ronaldo (above) and his Real Madrid team-mates play United in the final at Wembley next month
Paddy Crerand is still an employee of Manchester United, some 40 years after retiring as a player. He wants to see Ronaldo (above) and his Real Madrid team-mates play United in the final at Wembley next month

Manchester United European Cup winner Paddy Crerand was left red-faced today after appearing on radio this morning to angrily deny reports that Sir Alex Ferguson was about to retire as manager of the club.

Mr Crerand, who won two English League titles and the the FA Cup as well as the European Cup with the club, said "I think people must sit up at night thinking 'What can I do to make a sensational story?'"

In an angry rant on Dublin's Newstalk 106-108fm, the Scot said "Don't forget, newspaper reporters come under pressure from their editors - they've got to write something."

Hours after the interview was broadcast, Manchester United confirmed that Sir Alex was indeed stepping down after 26 years in the job.

Mr Crerand, who retired from playing in 1971, regularly appears as a commentator on Manchester United's television channel MUTV.

 

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