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Sir Alex Ferguson is at it again


Oh dear here we go.

Man United boss sir Alex Ferguson, not content with moaning about Rafa Benitez’s arrogance or Arsene Wenger’s team selection, has found another excuse for his side’s failings: The changing rooms.

Yep according to Fergie the changing rooms at some Premier League clubs are below the standards expected of the modern day footballer and he believes some sort of minimum code of standards need to be brought in – like those for the stadium terraces.

Ferguson told Inside United magazine:

“Everton’s are so narrow it is unbelievable.

“Portsmouth’s away dressing room is not great and the one at Craven Cottage is smaller than my office.

“Fulham is one of my favourite grounds but when you have 18 players stripping down, plus coaches, physios and kit men, it is ridiculous really.”

18 stripping players indeed Fergie.

Well, naked players apart Ferguson’s latest moan seems highly unnecessary.  Haven’t United  got enough advantages as it is?

They are one of the richest clubs in the world, they bully other clubs into selling their best players (Berbatov anyone?) hoover up all the best young talent across the globe when they are barely out of nappies and consistently have the rub of the green when it comes to big refereeing decisions.

Giving away teams the more uncomfortable changing rooms is a piece of psychological warfare that happens at every level of football across the world.  Even modern day stadiums, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light for example, have considerably smaller away changing rooms than home. Why shouldn’t the home side give themselves as much an advantage as possible?

Granted the stadiums Fergie mentions are among the oldest in the division but they are hardly slums. I’m sure his comments are an insult to the hardworking staff at Fratton Park, Craven Cottage and Goodison Park who do their best despite working in stands that are, in places, nearly 40 years old.

If United want to bring a coach-load of backroom staff then that’s their problem. I feel it’s just another example of Ferguson’s arrogance as anything he finds remotely uncomfortable he demands the Premier League bring in a rule to ensure everything is to his liking.

He has, of course, a history of giving amusing excuses for his side’s failings. The most infamous one was probably the grey kit fiasco in 1996. When his side fell 3-0 down away at Southampton Ferguson claimed his players couldn’t see each other in their grey away kit and ordered them to change at half time. They still lost 3-1.

But if Fergie finds Craven Cottage uncomfortable I wonder what his reaction would be if he had travelled to Cambridge United in the early 90s under controversial boss John Beck.

Pushing gamesmanship to the extreme Beck:

*Repositioned the away team’s dug-out in order to make it harder for the visiting side’s coaching staff to relay their instructions.

*Ordered his ground staff to grow the grass longer in the corners of the pitch to help slow the ball up when his team pumped it down the channels.

*Told his ball boys to delay returning the ball to the opposition while instructing them to hand it back to his own side as quickly as possible, drying it with a towel as they did so.

*Turn up the heating in the visitors’ dressing room on the warmest of days and turning it off on cold ones in a blatant attempt to disrupt their preparations.

*Made the opposition warm up with balls that had been soaked overnight in water.

I wonder what Ferguson and his merry band of pampered players would have made of that?

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  1. sas

    May 2, 2009 at 5:02 am

    How come no other managers have complained then,,maybe cos it’s just part of the game. So your telling me the home and away dressing rooms at OT are identical…..I’ve seen them and they are not…

  2. tony

    May 1, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    cry baby. you’re whining about fergie whining. tad hypocritical.

  3. Tyson

    May 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Matt Mason a point is never lost regardless of the fashion it is made in. This stupid post is so flawed it’s hard to even know where to start.

    EPL Talk get rid of this idiot please you guys post up some controversial stuff but this is pure bullshit how many readers do you expect to come back after reading bullshit like this?

    The reason this article is so flawed is because the original line of thought in relation to this subject does not come from Alex Ferguson it comes from the Everton squad and Alex Ferguson is agreeing.

    The second reason this article is bullshit is because the moron who wrote it automatically assumes there is a connection between dressing rooms and performances which is not stated in the comments.

    EPLtalk let me tell you the secret of your success. You guys are known for being impartial thats why you attract a bunch of people from different teams just trying to find the result and discuss it.

    Articles like this are going to destroy your website. Please fire this moron before you have more people leave.

  4. Chessi

    May 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    My last post has not yet been published in here, which contained justified criticism of the article and some guessing as to the why the writer is such a twat.
    So its OK to put up a post containing opinionated drivel with no actual backing in quotes, but anything questioning the same is blocked by moderators? Bravo EPL talk.
    Or should I say Liverpool Talk.

  5. sas

    May 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    That’s the difference here,,,YOU DEMAND…..

  6. Matt Mason

    May 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I think some of the commenters here have a valid response, however it’s lost in passion or hot-headedness or whatever you want to call it.

    No where in the quotes does Ferguson make any connection between dressing rooms and poor performances, that is an assumption you have jumped to. Ferguson’s position within the League Manager’s Association (LMA) means that he is often called upon to talk on Premier League policy matters and represent the managers’ view on a wide range of issues. Of course his comments on these matters are often, as here, taken out of context and then touted as ‘typical United whinging’.

    It says a lot that Everton have even agreed with Ferguson’s assessment of their own facilities, with Ian Ross citing it as “one of the reasons we’re currently seeking to relocate to a new stadium”. I think a desire to improve the quality of stadium facilities within a league which we tout as the ‘best in the world’ to accomodate a modern staff count is not something we should be ridiculing. There are far worse things for clubs to spend their money on…….Jimmy Bullard for instance.

  7. Chessi

    May 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    This drivel doesn’t even dignify a response, but you know what, I caught the bait. A sad state of affairs these days at EPL talk, needing shit stirring to get page views.
    “Man United boss sir Alex Ferguson has found another excuse for his side’s failings: The changing rooms.” So how did you come to that conclusion, now?
    That tells me enough about the article writer and whats gonna come next in the article. So let me guess : Liverpool supporter, think Rafa FACHTs are genius, can’t stand the FACHT that you have been off your perch for 18 years and counting.
    So whats your point? Improving facilities is bad? Pointing out that it needs to be done is the insult to people who maintain it? Fergie saying this implies he’s somehow using this to defend his team?!
    Hmmm, if you were at the FA then I guess probably we would never have had all seaters or turnstiles.

  8. ashwinred

    May 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Eventhough we are at debts why are we the most valuable club in the world posted at 1.87billion dollars . Next comes real madrid at 1.45 billion . These are facts . We didnt complain abt dressing rooms. It was just a comment . Why shouldnt we demand better facilities when we provide u with the best . We provide the same facilities and hospitality when thae away team is Real Madrid or Derby county . Huh …the thing abt ruining our psyches with messing up our dressing room…..are u nuts man?. this is very childish . The thing abt our debts have gone too far . We werent a debt ridden club . Just the stupid glazers made us to be one. I am still confident of repayment simply because of the transfer buisness. We could have easily sold ronaldo if we were in so much trouble. Instead we spent 30 mill on Berbs and have put up an improved offer for rooney. This shows the club are going in right direction. When wastelanders can find such wealthy ownere I am sure united would find one if the need arises . I hope they behave like glazers.

  9. BH

    May 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    That story about Cambridge United is great! Reminds me of when USC’s football (gridiron) team went to play Notre Dame in Charlie Weiss’ first year and they did all those shenanigans with growing the grass, etc. I believe the Univ of Iowa painted their away dressing rooms in all Pink!

  10. Brad

    May 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Did you write this article on a cocktail napkin?!? Complete drithel that highlights your inherent bias. This was breathtakingly boring.

  11. Pete

    May 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Let me guess, Liverpool supporter…Chelsea?…Arsenal?…Leeds?…doesn’t make a difference, we get the picture.

  12. Stunned at your Stupidity

    May 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Frank T. Hodgson

    Same applies to you I’m guessing!

  13. Stunned at your Stupidity

    May 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Pensioner have you been supporting football for a fortnight? Consistently running up 40 million pound defecits? Never happened Chump? The debts are from the purchase by the Glazers (Your country man I’m guessing) Buying all the best playrers in the world? You sure we’re talking about the same club? As for complaining read my previous post? Do you think he called a press conference for this? Yeah I am hot headed its called passion and its what you have for a team if you have actually been going all your life not watching from a distance for a fortnight!

    People come down so hard on United becuase they simply win more trophies than any other! Its called Jealousy!

  14. Frank T. Hodgson

    May 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Can anyone do anything to shut up this ranting and incoherent windbag whose sole preoccupation is to be coinstantly bawling about everything that is not to his liking. Just shut up for God’s sake.

  15. Pensioner009

    May 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Man there there way too many hot headed red devil fans here…the only reason United get so much flack is because fergie brings it upon himself with some of the things he says. If you want to talk about fair, how about how United is the most indebted club in the world. If you simply buy all the best players in the world with out actually using any money and consistently run a 40m+ pound deficit each year than you better win a lot of trophies, just to keep from going bankrupt. Why shouldn’t teams use advantages when playing at home. There nothing wrong with messing with another team’s psyche. If they are the best team in the world, then they should be able to play anygame on any pitch and have gotten dressed in a damn ice box.

    People come down so hard on United becuase they simply complain way more than nescessary for a world class cup winning team. End of Story.

  16. Stunned at your Stupidity

    May 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I stopped reading after the first line! Are you that stupid that you think he goes around picking on little things? Are you THAT STUPID? He will have mentioned it in an interview and it is then used later completely out of context in an news paper and then it gets picked up and amplified by idiots like you! Do you think he called a press conference to talk about dressing rooms? Or steared his post or pre match press conference this week in this direction? Buy a braincell? Or are you just whipping up ABU hatred?

  17. the gez

    May 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Whoever wrote this has no life and deserves to be anally impaled by ‘lex the impaler’………….what an ill-thought article laced with bitterness….pathetic.

  18. kenny

    May 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I’m sure his comments are an insult to the hardworking staff at Fratton Park, Craven Cottage and Goodison Park who do their best despite working in stands that are, in places, nearly 40 years old.

    You are trying way, way too hard. Jesus christ.

  19. ashwinred

    May 1, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    EPL is the best league in the world because of the quality of players , pitches, telecast, advertising , players facilities, stadiums etc. All of them havent become good overnight . The changes were a continious process. If all of them could change why cant the away dressing rooms ? OT , Emirates have a big away dressing rooms . People should understand to give wat they take. Red devils dont believe in taking advantage of teams by just putting them in small stupid rooms. Coming to ur refreeing decisions ……We are scorned as if we get preferential treatment simply because if a bad decision is made we seem to capitalize on it . Spurs could have won 2-1 last week ….they still had the lead …..why the hell did they go down 5-2 ? Coming to preferential treatment i wanna ask why was palacios still on the pitch after tat horror lunge at Ronaldo? Was the decision not to award a penalty for jagielka’s foul on Welbeck in FA cup semis a mode of preferential treatment? The press didnt give enough of its space to Rileys decision as it did for webb’s . Why is it so?. If not for riley who buckled under pressure we would be in the final. As for Berbatov …..he simply wanted to leave spurs. He was too good for them . Spurs are not priests….they tapped up a manager last season and they deserved it . All this preferential treatment and whining is all because of envy……sheer greed . Fergie never meant his side failed at Fulham because of small rooms so pls don’t misquote. If we had started finding excuses for our losses we wouldnt have won so many titles . We are going in for a third straight title fighting all the odds of fatigue ….extra tournaments and complacency after so much success . Respect their acheivements and desire .

  20. Jerry Springer

    May 1, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I agree fergie always seems to have a bee in his bonnet about something, but I don’t agree with your comments about how united get the rub of the green in big refereeing decisions.
    Another thing i can’t understand is the way that premier league comentators are so bias. Andy Gray is absolutely ridiculous and so anti-united its untrue, i just wish people would give it a break for once.

  21. Anon!

    May 1, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Yet David Moyes, the Everton manager agrees with Sir Alex. Even the Everton manager agrees yet people like you can’t fail to take a swipe, even if logical reason and sense points to Sir Alex being right. ABU idiot

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