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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:49 pm    Post subject: Sir Alex Ferguson's Autobiography Reply with quote

"Wayne said that we should have pursued Mesut Ozil, who had joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen. My reply was that it was none of his business who we should have gone for.

"I told him it was his job to play and perform. My job was to pick the correct teams. And so far I had been getting it right."

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After finding out about Van Persie's interest, the then Manchester United boss spoke on the phone to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger several times to seal the move.

Ferguson wrote: "I warned Arsene we would never get to £25m. Arsene was incredulous. He could not believe that Manchester United wouldn't stretch to £25m for such a player.

"I told him again: I wouldn't go to £25m. Arsene asked what my best offer would be. Answer: £22m. The reply was that Arsenal would take £22.5m and a further £1.5m if we won the Champions League or Premier Leaguer during the period of his contract. Deal done."


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David Beckham was booted out of Manchester United after being accused of thinking he was "bigger than Sir Alex Ferguson."

Ferguson, in his autobiography, writes: "David thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson. There is no doubt in my mind."

Ferguson also lifts the lid on the famous flying boot incident at Old Trafford when Beckham got hit over the head by accident.

"He was around 12 feet from me. Between us on the floor lay a row of new boots. David swore. I moved towards him and as I approached I kicked a boot and hit him right above the eye.

"Of course he rose to have a go at me and the players stopped him. 'Sit down,' I said. 'You let your team down.'"

"The big problem for me is that he married Victoria.

"He went from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy. I told him exactly what I thought of that and I think he missed top level football.

"I never had any issue with him at all. He was a marvellous boy and has become an icon. He's worked to get to the point where he's become a great player. We let him go to Real Madrid because we thought it was the right time."

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he was offered the England job TWICE

"I was offered the England job on two occasions. Adam Crozier, chief executive of the FA from 2000 to 2002, came to see me before Eriksson was appointed in 2001.

"The first time was before that, when Martin Edwards was chairman around the time Kevin Keegan took the reins in 1999.

"There was no way I could contemplate taking the England job. Can you imagine me doing that? A Scotsman?"

When asked in his book launch press conference about the job he said: "There was no way in a million years I could have managed England."

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Sir Alex Ferguson has branded Liverpool "ridiculous" over the Luis Suarez race row with Patrice Evra.

Ferguson, in his autobiography, blasted Liverpool's conduct, Kenny Dalglish and decision to wear T-shirts in support of Suarez.

Former United boss Ferguson writes: "Liverpool wore those T-shirts supporting Suarez, which I thought was the most ridiculous thing for a club of Liverpool's stature.

"I think Kenny was falling back on the chip on the shoulder. The problem I felt was there was no Peter Robinson at Liverpool. He would never have allowed the situation to be handled like it was.

"The young directors there idolised Kenny and there was no-one to say: 'Hey, behave yourself, this is out of order, this is Liverpool Football Club."

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reignited his feud with Roy Keane by reserving the most brutal criticism in his book for his former Manchester United skipper.

Ferguson branded Keane a bully in the United dressing-room, claimed he became a malevolent force in the dressing-room as his powers faded as a player and said he was never manager material.

“Roy overstepped his mark, absolutely overstepped his mark,” said Ferguson at the launch of his autobiography.

“That's the sort of personality he has. For some reason he decided to criticise his team-mates. He did it in a MUTV show but we couldn't release that video.

“A few days later a few of the younger players were booed as a result of what he'd said. So we decided we had to do something.

“The meeting we had in that room was horrendous. But I just couldn't lose the control of that situation.

“If I had let it pass, the players would have looked at me differently, much differently.

“I think it's clear that I had to show I was strong enough to deal with issues like that.

“The hardest part of Roy's body is his tongue. He has the most savage tongue you can imagine. He can debilitate the most confident person in the world in seconds with that tongue.

“What I noticed about him that day when I was arguing with him was that his eyes started to narrow, almost to wee black beads. It was frightening to watch. And I'm from Glasgow."


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Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered a damning verdict of Wayne Rooney's fitness levels - and insisted he DID ask to leave Manchester United.

But Fergie says Rooney allowed his levels to drop and even claims his natural ability is in danger of being ruined by his lack of fitness and he says England were wrong to give him a break before last year's Euros. He was pictured drinking on holiday shortly before the tournament.

Ferguson writes: "He has great qualities about him but they could be swallowed up by a lack of fitness. Look at the way Ronaldo or Giggs looked after themselves."

The Scot says Rooney often needed up to five weeks to get back to full fitness if he was out injured.

At his book launch press conference Fergie added: "I was convinced that Wayne would not be ready after his metatarsal. Beckham was very fit, the fittest guy at the club. I knew he could come back after his metatarsal. But I knew Wayne took a lot to get fit enough, he's a big guy, big build."

Rooney was substituted against Aston Villa when they clinched the title and was apparently frustrated at a lack of playing time.

"He came into my office the day after we won the league and asked away," Ferguson writes, adding that Rooney's agent Paul Stretford followed this up by speaking to then chief executive David Gill about a transfer for the striker.

At the press conference Ferguson added: "A lot has been made of this. Wayne came to me and asked away. The fact is Wayne wasn't playing well. But do you think I would have dropped him in the form he is in now? No way. Now we see a different player, a fantastic player."

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Alex Ferguson labels Rafa Benitez a bitter 'control freak' and a 'silly man' in new book

Former Manchester United boss Ferguson, in his autobiography, writes: "The mistake he made was to turn our rivalry personal. Once you made it personal, you had no chance because I could wait.

"So, on television he puts his glasses on and produces this sheet of paper. Facts. The facts were all wrong. All I said in reply was that Rafa was obviously bitter about something... That was me saying to him: look, you're a silly man. You should never make it personal.

"The advance publicity was that Benitez was a control freak, which turned out to be correct."

Sir Alex expanded by saying that when it came to choosing a winner between his old rivals, Jose Mourinho was the better manager:

"If you saw Jose and Rafa standing together on the touchline, you knew you could pick the winner."


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Alex Ferguson: Steven Gerrard is not a 'top, top player' - and neither is Frank Lampard

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are not world class players, despite admitting earlier this year that it would have been a 'dream' to sign Gerrard.

Ferguson claims Gerrard and Lampard are not 'Top, top" players in world football, but admits they work hard for their clubs.

Ferguson, in his autobiography, writes: "Lampard, for me, was a marvellous servant for Chelsea. But I didn't think of him as an elite international footballer. And I'm one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top, top player."

But in January of this year, when he was still manager at Manchester United, Fergie admitted that it would have been a major coup for the club to have signed Steven Gerrard: "Could you imagine me going to bed at night having taken Gerrard off Liverpool?

"Along with Graeme Souness, he's probably the best midfield player Liverpool have ever had, although I have Souness just above them all.

"It's amazing that he has played every minute of every game in the Premier League this season - and at the age of 33."


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Fergie on Bebe: 'He was capable of scoring 20 goals a season ... he obviously had a hard upbringing wandering the streets of Lisbon'

Fergie says now friendly with Wenger but in early days 'he [AW] would fix in his mind idea that no-one should actually be tackling his boys'

Fergie on Benitez: 'So, on TV Benitez puts his glasses on & produces this sheet of paper.

Facts.

The facts were all wrong.'

Ferguson on Benitez: “It amazed me that he used to walk into press conferences & say he had no money to spend. He was given plenty’

Ferguson: "Rodgers need 8 more players to win the Title"

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Fergie is the man. Definitely getting this
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xfaxtor wrote:
Fergie is the man. Definitely getting this


I might do the same - hard not to be interested.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wayne Rooney: "We should sign Ozil boss please."

Sir Alex: "No. I know what I'm doing. Shut up."

Signs Bebe that summer


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerrard and Lampard not top players?
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Who the hell is he to take issue with who David Beckham marries? Laughable.
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Kempes wrote:
Who the hell is he to take issue with who David Beckham marries? Laughable.


Fergie wanted his players to be like him, no interest outside of football. He was too one-dimensional to understand other desires.


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This will be a must get.
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Can't be be better than Tebows. Through my eyes was a classic

I find most auto bios extremely self serving. Especially since many use it as an avenue to rant and air dirty laundry.
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Can't be be better than Tebows. Through my eyes was a classic

I find most auto bios extremely self serving. Especially since many use it as an avenue to rant and air dirty laundry.


I actually have Tebow's and it was pretty good.
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RoxSox2004 wrote:
Kempes wrote:
Who the hell is he to take issue with who David Beckham marries? Laughable.


Fergie wanted his players to be like him, no interest outside of football. He was too one-dimensional to understand other desires.


Wtf who are we to judge his principles?

The guy is the most decorated British manager of all time and built team after team.

Gtfo with this crap.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be fair, everything he says in those extracts posted up there is correct, apart from perhaps the Gerrard and Lampard comment.
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RoxSox2004 wrote:
Kempes wrote:
Who the hell is he to take issue with who David Beckham marries? Laughable.


Fergie wanted his players to be like him, no interest outside of football. He was too one-dimensional to understand other desires.


Wtf who are we to judge his principles?

The guy is the most decorated British manager of all time and built team after team.

Gtfo with this crap.


Defensive much? Don't quite see how anything Rox said contradicts his accomplishments. None of it means that people can't wonder why he cares so much who Beckham marries. He's an accomplished football manager but that doesn't mean nothing he ever says ever from here on out should be sacrosanct. He wrote the book, now we're allowed to comment on it.

And anyways, using your logic, who is Fergie to question Beckham's personal choices? Beckham built one of the strongest, most profitable personal brands of any footballer ever. By most objective metrics, his life seems pretty damn awesome. And that sort of success evidently means that it's 'crap' to even write a sentence second-guessing any minute detail.
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texans_uk wrote:
RoxSox2004 wrote:
Kempes wrote:
Who the hell is he to take issue with who David Beckham marries? Laughable.


Fergie wanted his players to be like him, no interest outside of football. He was too one-dimensional to understand other desires.


Wtf who are we to judge his principles?

The guy is the most decorated British manager of all time and built team after team.

Gtfo with this crap.


Defensive much? Don't quite see how anything Rox said contradicts his accomplishments. None of it means that people can't wonder why he cares so much who Beckham marries. He's an accomplished football manager but that doesn't mean nothing he ever says ever from here on out should be sacrosanct. He wrote the book, now we're allowed to comment on it.

And anyways, using your logic, who is Fergie to question Beckham's personal choices? Beckham built one of the strongest, most profitable personal brands of any footballer ever. By most objective metrics, his life seems pretty damn awesome. And that sort of success evidently means that it's 'crap' to even write a sentence second-guessing any minute detail.


Saying he is "too one dimensional to understand other desires" insults his success. His single mindedness saw him out last any player and saw him build team after team even after letting the primadonna superstars leave.

I said to someone earlier many of his stories will be subjective, I've been reading Redknapps autobiography and its the same story. You have to take most of it at face value. But questioning the ethics that helped build United into the most successful side in England ia pretty insulting.
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texans_uk wrote:
Saying he is "too one dimensional to understand other desires" insults his success. His single mindedness saw him out last any player and saw him build team after team even after letting the primadonna superstars leave.

I said to someone earlier many of his stories will be subjective, I've been reading Redknapps autobiography and its the same story. You have to take most of it at face value. But questioning the ethics that helped build United into the most successful side in England ia pretty insulting.


But no one is questioning the ethics that helped build United. They're simply contextualizing it.

I haven't read the book and maybe there's a whole chapter dedicated to talking about how much Fergie loves spending time with his grandchildren or that some of the most rewarding moments of his careers was attending the weddings of his players. I don't think anyone's calling him a sociopath. But the fact that he put that comment about Beckham in his own book tells me he's not all that uncomfortable about the image of him as someone with a singular focus on what's best for the team, what's best for Manchester United as a footballing machine. The fact that he's a self-described socialist doesn't exactly hurt that argument, either. That he puts the success of the collective he's responsible for over the personal ambitions of his players isn't a knock against Fergie the manager in any shape or form. That sort of stuff doesn't diminish the success of United, it helps explain it.
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