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Why It’s Time For Sir Alex Ferguson To Let Others Do The Talking

Sir Alex Ferguson, we know you’re arguably the greatest coach in club soccer history.

We are fully cognizant of your greatness, where even begrudging Liverpool or Manchester City fans, or still bitter Bayern Munich or Chelsea supporters from those devastating European Cup finals nights where your team denied them the ultimate prize, can respect the resume you have built.

You are a global icon whose accomplishments, stature, and image will never be forgotten. Your daily presence at Old Trafford has been missed since you announced your retirement five months ago.

Even those who are casual soccer fans in America know your aura. Even those who barely are soccer fans in general, like Charlie Rose, aren’t ignorant to your amazing credentials especially after he had you on his show.

Now Sir Alex, please do us the favor and let others do the talking.

For a man who is retired from football management, you Sir Alex surely have not retired that mouth of yours.

You can’t go one hour in the footballing community on Twitter without having to see Sir Alex’s name there. In fact, it’s still capable of being a global trending topic on Twitter like it was on Tuesday. You can’t go one minute without seeing a soccer news site have an article about his words or him in general. Hell, you can’t even watch recent clips of Charlie Rose without running into the Glaswegian.

Now with his autobiography in book stores, Sir Alex really has not only become quite unbearable, but he’s also shown himself to truly be a controlling egomaniac and tyrant who has burned his bridges with a lot of people over the years.

When you make Roy Keane, of all people, a sympathetic figure, that is when you have truly become world class annoying.

His comments on Rafa Benitez are quite hypocritical, considering that the adjectives “unimaginative” and “dull” he mentioned to describe the Spaniard’s teams while he was a manager at Liverpool can easily be applied to his good friend Jose Mourinho’s first tenure at Chelsea. You don’t see Sir Alex giving The Special One that same public condemnation he gave Benitez now, do you?

And if anyone needed more evidence of Ferguson being as much of a prima donna as he accuses David Beckham of being once again, look no further to the following sentence about how his relationship with the globally renowned right midfielder deteriorated.

“Beckham thought he was bigger than me.”

With all of that, that makes me fully exonerate all of the times Wayne Rooney pathetically flirted with leaving United for good, including this summer after Ferguson decided that Moyes would be almost like him in making sure the club manager be the main star instead of the players.

With how Ferguson has acted like he is entitled to whatever he says or does and thinks no one will challenge him for it, you wouldn’t be out of your mind to think that he’s acting like he closed his career out by winning the treble last season.

But it wasn’t Ferguson who closed out a great managerial career by winning three titles in May. It was Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes, but you don’t see the German going on Charlie Rose and everywhere else spreading negativity the way Ferguson has done.

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  1. Wongo1

    December 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Just had a chance to read this “article” and may I say as a United fan since 74….that is 1974. This is pure and utter Sh**te. SAF is the most successful British manager of all time and yes he was a tyrant and a sore/poor loser. That is what made him great!!! The desire to always want to win, not being satisfied with coming second, standing up for his players until they were no longer a part of his plans and yes being ruthless. This son is what makes a winner in sports, you want a good guy who wins consistently I wish you luck when looking. Some guy from Bayern who won the treble retired so what? Show us his 25 year CV…..

  2. Frill Artist

    October 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    What a bitter author. Moan, moan, moan.

  3. Bucky

    October 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    He was the best Manager the Premier League had. And he was successfulfor the reasons (such as being an egomaniac) for his run at United. Players get to come out in the media through books or interviews or their agents or “people close to X player” and criticize former clubs and managers as they wish. I have no problem with the dirty laundry that SAF is airing. Perhaps it will be a lesson to players and agents to shut up a bit more.

  4. Wandile Mndebele

    October 24, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Fergie has been great for United and is one o the best coaches to have graced the game. Hey may have not retired after winning a treble but his expertise still count and as much as this is an opinionated piece, I believe that 0ne needs to remain objective when making such remarks. Which other Manager has been as successful?

  5. Taylor

    October 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Have you actually read the book? As I said in other thread that it’ll be interesting to read the book because the press tends to nitpick the most interesting quotes and leave some things out of context.

    There’s no rule preventing a retired manager to publish his autobiography.

    For me, Keane hasn’t been turned into sympathetic figure. He criticized his teammates, breaking Fergie’s cardinal rule: everything stays in the dressing room. Rooney didn’t perform really well last season, did he? Fergie explained several times that Wayne Rooney at his best, will never be substituted.

    Fergie admitted he did wrong selling Jaap Stam. He also admitted his weakness was finding goalkeeper.

    But to be honest: Fergie knows what people want to read: stories about Beckham, Rooney, Keane, RVN, etc.

    And I’ve been following United since 1989.

  6. jtm371

    October 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    i know you can’t judge after a handful of matches but what is SAF worth 10 pts 15 pts a season.same players no where near where they were last season.

  7. He's Livid

    October 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    The Beckham quote was taken out of context and if he had use “manager” instead of “me” it wouldn’t have been interpreted as being as egominiacally driven as it unfairly was. Bottom line, the man is a one of a kind who was a bigger than life figure in MU’s rise and current standing as the biggest sports franchise in the world.

  8. goatslookshifty

    October 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    The release just seems to be bad timing. Utd are struggling and instead of the club being focused on returning to form, the country is talking about the former boss and his dirty laundry. This is bringing more negative light to a football club who needs some positive publicity.

  9. Cantona

    October 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This article is pure and utter rubbish! This has got to be the worst article I have read on worldsoccertalk.

    Utterly disrespectful to ask the most successful manager ever to basically “shut up”

    Any insight to football history should not be scoffed at.. It should be embraced regardless if you like Sir Alex or not

    This article sounds like it was written by a twelve year old American who plays FIFA and has no history of the Premier League before NBC’s coverage

    What a crap read


    • Andrew Jones

      October 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Actually, I’ve been following the Premier League for over a decade, when it was Barclayard and not Barclays.

      Sounds like you are just an angry, upset Fergie lover forever, and you see that he can do no wrong in your eyes.

      • Cantona

        October 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        Fergie lover ? Yes son… Take another glance at that resume.

        Upset? Only at the drivel you posted and wasted five minutes of my time.


      • rkujay

        October 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        I am indeed an unabashed Fergie lover. And a United fan since 1959, you shallow twit. Go huddle in the corner and shovel your drivel to someone who can be easily swayed by your uninformed castigation of the finest manager the world has yet seen.

    • Foxy_Woxy

      October 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      I love the book. It actually made a sympathetic character out of that odious cretin Roy Keane.

      • Smokey Bacon

        October 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        How so? If anything it reinforces the impression of Keane as a selfish, spiteful little sh*te who tried to undermine the manager and paid the price. Only good thing Keane ever did was threaten Vierra in the tunnel at Arsenal when he tried to bully Neville.

        • jtm371

          October 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

          i will take Keane warts and all.some will believe SAF and some will believe Keane i choose Keane.

        • Foxy_Woxy

          October 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

          Keane was spot on in calling out SAF and his Rock of Gibraltar nonsense as more destabilizing than any little MUTV interview.

  10. Robert_F

    October 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Nonsense, that is one stellar resume. Thanks for posting.

  11. Nonsense

    October 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    You’re right he didn’t close his career out with a treble that same year (although done years earlier). He just retired with the following accomplishments you whiny child which coincidentally may be the reason he is interviewed by Charlie Rose, wrote an autobiography, and is in the media so much…

    Scottish Premier Division (3): 1979–80, 1983–84, 1984–85
    Scottish Cup (4): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86
    Scottish League Cup (1): 1985–86
    UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1982–83
    UEFA Super Cup (1): 1983
    Premier League (13): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
    FA Cup (5): 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
    League Cup (4): 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
    FA Charity/Community Shield (10): 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
    UEFA Champions League (2): 1998–99, 2007–08
    UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1990–91
    UEFA Super Cup (1): 1991
    Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
    FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
    LMA Manager of the Decade (1): 1990s
    LMA Manager of the Year (4): 1998–99, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2012–13
    LMA Special Merit Award (2): 2009, 2011
    Premier League Manager of the Season (11): 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
    Premier League Manager of the Month (27): August 1993, October 1994, February 1996, March 1996, February 1997, October 1997, January 1999, April 1999, August 1999, March 2000, April 2000, February 2001, April 2003, December 2003, February 2005, March 2006, August 2006, October 2006, February 2007, January 2008, March 2008, January 2009, April 2009, September 2009, January 2011, August 2011, October 2012
    UEFA Manager of the Year (1): 1998–99
    UEFA Team of the Year (2): 2007, 2008
    Onze d’Or Coach of the Year (3): 1999, 2007, 2008
    IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach (2): 1999, 2008
    IFFHS World’s Best Coach of the 21st Century (1): 2012
    World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year (4): 1993, 1999, 2007, 2008
    Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year (1): 2000
    BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award (1): 1999
    BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award (1): 1999
    BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (1): 2001
    English Football Hall of Fame (Manager) : 2002
    European Hall of Fame (Manager): 2008
    FIFA Presidential Award: 2011
    Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 – 2001–02)
    Manager of the Decade
    Most Coaching Appearances (392 games)
    Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 – 2011–12)
    Best Manager
    FWA Tribute Award: 1996
    PFA Merit Award: 2007
    Premier League Merit Award: 2012–13
    Mussabini Medal: 1999
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE): 1983
    Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE): 1995
    Knight Bachelor (Kt.): 1999

    • goatslookshifty

      October 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      I hope you cut and pasted this. If not, will you do my CV?

    • jtm371

      October 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      not bad for a dockworkers him or hate him it is hard to argue with those stats.there is no middle of the road with SAF.

  12. Tony Butterworth

    October 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

    OR perhaps he is promoting a book to generate sales as required by his publishing deal ?

    Not a Man Utd fan I assume LOL

  13. boss

    October 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Has it occured to u dat maybe he’s using dis as an avenue to alleviate David Moyes’s pressure for d time being?

  14. Flyvanescence

    October 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

    The last two paragraphs sum it up perfectly.

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