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Sir Alex Ferguson’s media meltdown

Alex Ferguson

We know Alex Ferguson doesn’t like the media. We are reminded every week during Match of The Day when assistant Mike Phelan gives the post-match interview instead of Sir Alex.

We don’t give him a hard time of it. As arguably the greatest football manager in history who are we to question his methods?  We think of him as an old-fashioned sort of guy, he’s weary of the media and it’s prying eyes. He doesn’t revel in its attention like the narcissistic Jose Mourinho and other high profile managers do. 

Even his players seem to share his mentality. Which current players aside from Wayne Rooney succumb to media attention the way half of the Chelsea team do?

The BBC is the most renowned example of Fergie’s distrust of the media and he has boycotted the broadcaster for years.

Ferguson has a famously rocky relationship with the media. Incidents from the past 6 months provide just a snippet of Fergie’s disdain for the football press. 

In September 2010 Ferguson blamed the media attention for Wayne Rooney’s poor form – read the ESPN article here, while last month he blamed an ‘aggressive press’ for the Premier League’s sack culture, about which you can read here.

But following Manchester United’s first successive defeats in over 70 games Fergie’s media conspiracy seems to have spiralled out of control.

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Put your money where your mouth is: The transfer window

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Last Monday saw the English Premier League transfer record shattered among a media furore.  The sports pages dedicated article upon article judging the value of these players and debates continue about the value of the deals.  What wasn’t up for discussion however, was that plenty of money was spent.

Chelsea were the biggest spenders, their £75m spent on two players an effort to reassert their Premier league credentials, both on the pitch and in the market.  Although their title challenge for this season appears to be over, they are not yet ready to give up. Chelsea are preparing their challenge for next season as owner Roman Abramovich opens that large wallet of his – as if financial muscle is synonymous with victory.

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