Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Falling out with Fergie

David Beckham
The falling-out was gradual and prompted by Beckham's increasingly public lifestyle. But it came to a head following a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford in February 2003, when an argument in the dressing room ended with Ferguson kicking a stray boot which hit Beckham above the eye, needing stitches which Beckham made sure everyone saw. Beckham left for Real Madrid that summer.
Paul Ince
Ince was the self-styled Guv'nor, and it was increasingly unlikely there'd be room for the two of them. A reputed falling-out after a 4-0 thrashing by Barcelonain in November 1994 left the two estranged, both isolated by their self-regard. Ince left in 1995, later to be branded a "f***ing big-time Charlie" by Ferguson in a dressing-room documentary.
Peter Schmeichel
Schmeichel tells of the time he was sacked by Ferguson. After conceding three against Liverpool in 1994, the two had fierce words about the keepers' performance. The Dane wasn't best pleased: "We ended up having a massive, massive row. The next day, I was called into his office and he said, 'Listen, I have to sack you. I can't tolerate my players speaking to me like that. It goes against my authority.'" Schmeichel did the wise thing, apologised to his manager and teammates and resumed his medal-laden career.

You can't help but feel that the Portugese winger Nani has taken his career in his hands with his attack on the management style of Sir Alex Ferguson.

In an interview in Portugal, the winger is quoted as saying: "He can go from complimenting you to just plain trashing you in a matter of minutes. Has it happened to me? Hell, yes. He'll say 'Nani, how could you miss this or this'? He shouts at players in front of everyone. No one escapes, everybody is the same."

Nani is clearly not a student of football history, or he would have know that those who cross Fergie are soon shown the exit...

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