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Sir Alex Ferguson’s media meltdown

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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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FA’s social media guidelines seek to curb player online outbursts

Smashed computer monitor

Social media has been causing the football association a mild but steady headache for a while now but last week the FA finally released its ‘Social networking clarification’ document.

Read the FA’s official statement here

The footballer most infamous as a misuser of social media is perhaps Ryan Babel, the ex-Liverpool player. After one of his final games for the club, an FA cup tie between Liverpool and Manchester United, he edited a picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester Utd shirt which he tweeted as a sign of disatisfaction with a penalty decision early in the match. The image was accompanied by a caption which read “And they call him one of the best referees. That’s a joke.” Following the outburst he was fined £10,000 and charged with improper conduct.

Ryan Babel fined

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