You may have been aware that there was a book released this week.
From revelations about the man who loved fame more than football to the most savage tongue in football, Sir Alex’s book was littered with put downs and whipped up quite a frenzy.
Here are some of the best bits.
Sir Alex on David Beckham.
"He fell in love with Victoria and that changed everything. I hold no rancour towards David at all. I like him. He’s a wonderful boy. But you should never surrender what you’re good at. David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game. There was no animosity between us, just disappointment, for me."
On the famous incident in which Ferguson kicked a boot across the changing room, hitting Beckham and leaving him with a gash on his face:
"He rose to have a go at me and the players stopped him… [then he wore an Alice band that] highlighted the damage inflicted by the boot. It was in those days that I told the board David had to go. The minute a Manchester United player thought he was bigger than the manager he had to go. David thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson. There is no doubt about that in my mind."
Fergie on Roy Keane and that MUTV interview
"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.”
"Roy came up to see me and I told him, 'What you did in that interview was a disgrace, a joke. Criticising your teammates. And wanting that to go out. [Carlos Queiroz] called it the worst imaginable spectacle in the life of a professional football club. 'He needs to go, Carlos,' I said. 'One hundred per cent,' he said. 'Get rid of him.'”
Many expected more on Wayne Rooney – while there was criticism, it was not as withering as it could have been.
"Wayne needed to be careful. 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. Wayne needed to grasp the nettle. "He would receive no leniency from me. I would hammer him for any drop in condition. It was quite simple. He wouldn’t play."
He did not hold back on old nemesis Rafa Benitez
"He displayed no interest in forming friendships with other managers: a danger policy, because there would have been plenty from lesser clubs who would have loved to share a drink and learn from him. Benitez had more regard for defending and destroying a game than winning it. You can’t be totally successful these days with that approach. I found Liverpool hard to watch when he was manager there. I found them dull. It was a surprise to me that Chelsea called him."
The book backlash
"I do remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty and, in my opinion, I don't think he knows the meaning of the word. It doesn't bother me too much what he has to say about me but to constantly criticise other players at the club who brought him a lot of success, I find very, very strange.” - Keane responds in kind
"Anyone who's been in football knows that whatever is said behind closed doors and in the changing room is something you wouldn't want to hear again. It's something that's vitally important. You want to know as a human being that you can speak openly and communication is honest, and hopefully wouldn't get repeated. You would like to think you would still have some old school values and ethics that whatever is said you take it on the chin and keep it behind closed doors and move on." - Brendan Rodgers was unhappy with a relatively throw away comment about Steven Gerrard, which labelled the England skipper as “not a top, top player”
Okay, shall we change the record then?
“This game was certainly affected by some very, very dubious decisions, such as the Chiellini red card and a penalty on Arturo Vidal. There was absolutely not an elbow, but I still have to laugh, because if that can be considered a ‘clear scoring opportunity’ then so is everything. I think we’d prefer a decision against us and a good performance rather than a decision in our favour and a bad performance, as it shows signs of the team’s improvement.” – Antonio Conte slates ref for 'very, very dubious decisions' in their Champions League game
"People are putting a lot of pressure on him because of what he cost and all that but I don't think it's good for him. If you want to try to help him don't put too much pressure on him... leave him alone. He hasn't had it easy as his pre-season was disrupted and then he got the injury. If you talk to him you can tell he is very excited about playing and being part of the team. I am 100 percent sure he will be great for the team because he is a fantastic player and a wonderful person. He always wants to learn, which is the most important thing." – Cristiano Ronaldo asks the press to leave Gareth Bale alone to settle
Warnings and apologies…
"It's definitely one of the best years I have had... I'm still looking to improve and... I have a lot of room for improvement. I'm so excited for next year just to take my game to a new level. It's just been a great opportunity for me to continue to play, so I never thought I would have one of my best years this year but I always just try to keep doing better." - Serena warns rivals she can still get better
Respected American commentator Brandel Chamblee likened Tiger Woods’ behaviour this season to that of a fourth-grade schoolboy cheating at exams. However, he has now apologised:
"Golf is a gentleman's game and I'm not proud of this debate. I want to apologise to Tiger for this incited discourse. My intention was to note Tiger's rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far." - Chamblee retracts his statement and apologises to Tiger.
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