Thursday, May 16, 2013
''WHY I HATE ALEX FERGUSON'' PIERS MORGAN
Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson shocked the world of football by announcing his retirement as Manchester United coach.
Everyone, including football pundits, football fans, not just Manchester United fans paid tribute to the man who is arguably the best and most successful coach in British football history except for a staunch and unrepentant Arsenal fan who is also a great sport journalist and columnist, Piers Morgan, who was glad that the gaffer was finally leaving.
Morgan posted on twitter, an article he wrote on the 9th of August 2008, wherein he described his hatred for Sir Alex Ferguson and gave reasons why he felt that way for the great Scotsman. The article was published on DAILYMAIL and it is being culled for our readers delight. Enjoy!
''Let me start this column how I mean to continue: I hate Sir Alex Ferguson. I don't just mean I mildly dislike the man; I mean I completely and utterly detest him. And I say that with all the calm, dispassionate authority of an Arsenal season-ticket holder.
There are numerous reasons for my pathological enmity towards the Manchester United manager.
He's petty to the point of puerility; witness the pathetic on-going ban he has imposed on the entire BBC, after Panorama investigated his son's transfer dealings.
He's a hypocrite of breathtaking proportions; whining all summer about Real Madrid tapping up Cristiano Ronaldo, while conveniently forgetting his club's relentless tapping up of everyone from Eric Cantona to Wayne Rooney. He is utterly humourless, unless he is cracking the joke. When he once escaped a charge of driving on a motorway hard shoulder because he had acute diarrhoea, I sent him a box of Imodium with a note saying: 'We Gooners knew you were always full of c**p, and now we've got the proof.'
All right, it wasn't big, and it wasn't clever, but it was, transparently, a joke. Unfortunately Sir Alex didn't think so, reacting in the same calm, amused way that Saddam Hussein must have done when those US marines found him in that hole.
Sir Alex is absurdly thin-skinned. When I was Mirror editor, we bought Jaap Stam's autobiography for a paltry sum (nobody else was interested in a rather boring Dutch centrehalf's memoirs), only to discover it was a veritable treasure trove of claims likely to upset The Boss.
Stam claimed Sir Alex had illegally tapped him up and ordered United players to dive in European games, called the Neville brothers a 'pair of busy little ****s', and branded David Beckham so thick he'd never go on Mastermind.