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How Sir Alex Ferguson's infamous hairdryer treatment was made in Northern Ireland by Willie Cunningham

 

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Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment became infamous during his long and successful reign as Manchester United manager but former team-mate Roy Barry says it was a trait he learned from  his boss at Dunfermline Willie Cunningham (inset).

Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment became infamous during his long and successful reign as Manchester United manager but former team-mate Roy Barry says it was a trait he learned from his boss at Dunfermline Willie Cunningham (inset).

Alex Ferguson in the blue shirt of Rangers, who he played for from 1967 to 1969.

Alex Ferguson in the blue shirt of Rangers, who he played for from 1967 to 1969.

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Willie Cunningham played for St Mirren, Leicester City and Dunfermline and also won 30 caps for Northern Ireland, including five matches at the 1958 World Cup.

Willie Cunningham played for St Mirren, Leicester City and Dunfermline and also won 30 caps for Northern Ireland, including five matches at the 1958 World Cup.

Roy Barry

Roy Barry

Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment became infamous during his long and successful reign as Manchester United manager but former team-mate Roy Barry says it was a trait he learned from his boss at Dunfermline Willie Cunningham (inset).

Willie Cunningham is celebrated as one of the heroes of Northern Ireland's 1958 World Cup Finals, but perhaps his biggest legacy is as a key mentor to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Born years apart in different lands but seemingly cut from the same cloth, these two imposing characters could be genial one minute and fiery the next.

Sir Alex's notorious 'hairdryer' treatment was modelled on his former Dunfermline boss, whose iron-fist-in-a-velvet- glove approach was to be the hallmark of Fergie's managerial style years later.