Sir Alex Ferguson is not a man known for his forgiving nature, with many a player finding himself transferred for getting on the Scot’s bad side. His wrath isn’t exclusive just to players though, or even the fans who got slated on New Year’s Day, but to the media as well. BBC left Fergie seething after a programme entitled “Fergie and Son” was aired, painting Jason Ferguson as a less than angelic football agent. Since that day in May 2004, Ferguson has kept well clear of the BBC, leaving Queiroz to take on all the post match interviews with the television station.
At the start of this season, Ferguson reinforced his less than favourable opinions about the BBC. “I think the BBC is the kind of company that never apologise and they never will apologise. They are arrogant beyond belief,” he slammed. “They did a story about my son that was whole lot of nonsense. It all made-up stuff and ‘brown paper bags’ and all that kind of carry-on. It was a horrible attack on my son’s honour and he should never have been accused of that. But it is such a huge organisation that they will never apologise. They don’t even care if you sue them or whatever, because they are so huge and have insurance. They carry on regardless and it’s breathtaking.”
It has emerged today however that it isn’t just the likes of Beckham, van Nistelrooy and the BBC who are in Fergie’s bad books, as Sky Sports have now joined the list. Today, Ferguson banned Sky Sports from the pre-match press conference, ahead of United’s home game against Newcastle on Saturday. It is understand Sir Alex isn’t happy with the way Sky presented his comments about the fans, following our 1-0 win over Birmingham on the first day of 2008.
Sky Sports have shrugged off this ban as temporary. I wonder if the BBC were thinking the same thing…four years ago.
Is Fergie getting too big for his boots? Or is he well within his rights to decide who does and does not attend United’s press conferences?