Squeaky Bum Time: The Wit & Wisdom (& Hairdryer) of Sir Alex Ferguson

Squeaky Bum Time: The Wit & Wisdom (& Hairdryer) of Sir Alex Ferguson

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1845136276

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

He is simultaneously the most admired and feared manager in British football. During almost forty years in the dugout, and over half a century in the professional game, he’s torn up the record books, amassed a treasure trove of silverware, and unleashed the hairdryer—as well as the odd football boot—on countless players, rival managers, referees, and journalists. But amid the sound, the fury and the mind-games lurks one of sport’s greatest wits. So here we present Sir Alex Ferguson: uncompromising, unrivalled and uncut. On Arsène Wenger: "They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages! I’ve got a fifteen-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages." On Dennis Wise: "He could start a row in an empty house.' On referees: ‘Can anyone tell me why they give referees a watch? It’s certainly not for keeping the time.’ On his humble beginnings: ‘People say mine was a poor upbringing. I don't know what they mean. It was tough, but it wasn't bloody poor. We maybe didn't have a TV. We didn't have a car. We didn't even have a phone. But I thought I had everything, and I did: I had a football.’ After the winning the European Cup in 1999: ‘I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football, eh? Bloody hell.’





















Arsenal had won the league 2002 ‘I think it’s obvious Arsenal have been doing deals with the FA for years. Look at the number of times they’ve got off with charges outside of the fifty-odd sending-offs they have had under [Arsène] Wenger. I think they have been up ten times before the FA and have got off with eight of those. It’s remarkable, very remarkable. We hope we win titles without anybody’s help.’ Ferguson had to apologise for these comments to avoid an FA disciplinary charge of his

worked out? I can tell you – UEFA don’t want us in the final, that’s for sure. I don’t know why they have given the final to Old Trafford because they don’t want us to get there.’ Ferguson was fined 10,000 Swiss francs for his comments about the Champions League draw 2003 ‘It’s a dysfunctional unit. I don’t think they know what they are doing, but it will always be that way.’ On the FA’s disciplinary department 2010 ‘We all know about the Doc. He is what he is, a bitter old man.’ On

Bloody hell! It’s been the greatest night of my life.’ Of all Ferguson’s quotes, this was the sentence with which he will forever be associated. • • • ‘He went into that cauldron as calmly as someone popping round the corner for a newspaper.’ After Paul Scholes’s late winner against Inter Milan at San Siro took United into the Champions League semi-finals 1999 ‘All my life I have based my football creed on passing the ball, possession with rhythm and tempo. For thirty minutes of the first

display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing as if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player.’ On Roy Keane in the same match 1999 ‘It said something about our season that an appearance in the old showpiece at Wembley could be considered a mere consolation prize.’ On the FA Cup final against Newcastle 1999 ‘At the end of this game, the

God-given talent but because he practises with a relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate.’ 1999 ‘After training he’d always be practising, practising, practising. But his life changed when he met his wife. She’s in pop and David’s got another image now. He’s developed this “fashion thing.” I saw his transition to a different person.’ 2003 More on Beckham ‘You’ll never guess what Beckham wore to training today. He had this bloody

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