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GNev: Fergie Protects His Players

Gary Neville has reflected on how he made the decision to call it a day on his football career earlier this year, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson handled the situation perfectly.

“I’d had conversations with my wife and my mum and dad,” he said. “And I spoke to Scholesy and Ryan Giggs too, because we have shared most things over the last 20 years. But, professionally, the first person I spoke to was the manager. It’s how it works at United. If you have a problem, something you need to talk about, you go and see the manager. And I think I was in his office for about an hour and a half that day. He told me to go away and think about it, and sent me away on holiday. There’s never any problem with him in that respect. You can see him about anything. If you feel you have a crisis in your life he will make sense of it all. And he’ll look after you and make sure it is dealt with correctly. Sometimes in the media it is questioned, the way he protects his players. But they are his people. He looks after them.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. SirAlex'sSon says:

    Am i really first on here.

  2. deanRED says:


    in fergie we trust!

  3. SirAlex'sSon says:

    That’s why they see him as a father figure, i guess. One big red family.That’s why they see him as a father figure, i guess. One big red family.

  4. SirAlex'sSon says:

    Where’s every one? Feels cold in here. Morning all reds! Off to work, i’ll catch you guys at lunch.Where’s every one? Feels cold in here. Morning all reds! Off to work, i’ll catch you guys at lunch.

  5. SirAlex'sSon says:

    Fucking parrot’s on fire, can’t keep that mouth shut.

  6. Red Devil says:

    Thats why he is the most successul manager in the history of the game. Its because he can command that kind of loyalty and dedication from his players..

    In other news…Off topic a bit, but a sign of things to come…

    Haha…the comedy club from the Eastlands well on their way to world domination…err…wait…

  7. Red Devil says:

    I just hope the possible arrival of Sneijder at 200,000 week doesn’t spark off similar discontent at United….Which is one of the reasons I dont want Sneijder to come…it might create discontent and upset the applecart at United

  8. Raizzen says:

    I remember that interview where this one moron asking about Giggsy and Fergie told the woman beside him.. “Ban him, ban him..!”

    Epic. Nobody messes with teh gaffer! (or his players)

  9. Daniel says:

    Sir Alex is without doubt the best manager in sports ever. His management skill of not only everything about the team but especially people skill is amazing. We will never see another manager like this in this generation and the next.

    It is an honour and privilege for us to live in this age and be able to watch a genius at work, it’s like living in the age of Leornardo Da Vinci or Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein

  10. REDHOUND says:

    i think it works 2 ways, Ferguson is loyal to the players who are loyal to the club and Neville, Giggs and Scholes epitomize loyalty and die-hardness for the club. I figured Fergie would let them decide when they wanted to retire, and its just perfect that they’ve done as much, which makes the longetivity and influence of Giggs at his age all the more astonishing, he may be an elf for all we know

  11. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Red Devil, That is why I was also against Sneijder when the stories were mere rumours. But the fact of the matter is the “topic of this post’ so to speak has complete control over the club – Sir Alex Ferguson. And at United everyone except Rooney is more concerned about success than about wage to a certain extent. That is why the papers are saying that Sneijder even if he comes will not break Rooney’s wage barrier. That would make Rooney seem too powerful for a player, but that topic has been discussed to death. Personally, as long as Sir Alex is helming at United, I can’t see any problems with anything remotely resembling player politics.

    On-topic, this is one of the reasons why I hate the public image of Sir Alex especially from fans of other clubs. He is viewed almost like a tyrant who has an iron-fist rule over the club and who has unparalleled control over the F.A. and the referees. That is because of their hate obviously. But I absolutely hate that view. Sir Alex has been cited by everyone to be one of the best gentleman in football ever. It’s a pity that there are not enough people like him in the game right now. Just ask Fabio, Rafael and Hernandez how they feel over the way they’ve been treated by the master and they would say it almost been grandfatherly. That is why we’re still the most successful club in British football.

    Long Live Sir Alex!

  12. Chep says:

    That must be a lie. The blue argentine ork said, SAF had never called him or had talked to him

  13. 0161-Jon says:

    Dear STR,

    can you please get rid of this fucking senosdine ad, auto play ads with sound on are a MASSIVE annoyance and are extremely bad web practice. I appreciate the need for advertising, of course, but these auto play sound ones are possibly the most annoying thing on the web.

    Many studies over the years have proven that sound on websites, that is not user controlled (opted in), turn people off visiting sites. Hence why all those awful noisy flashing sites of yesteryear are now, thank fuck, a thing of the past.

    Do you get to choose the ads that appear or do they auto feed? I would complain to whoever is providing your advertising contract.

  14. King Eric says:

    Balaji – Hello mate. Spot on about the publics perception of Fergie being a bully. Its simply not true.

  15. dannysoya says:

    Love him or hate him. This is THE prototype Model football coach. he is the standard setter. This is the number one man i’d love to work under. He is just simply amazing. Acts like a father figure for all his players. corrects them when they do wrong. praises them when they do right. Always pushes them to get better. Has frequent heart to heart talks with his players a.k.a children. I mean this is one man where you run out of accolades to give him. WOW.

  16. CedarsDevil says:

    That is what Sir Alex is all about, that is what United are all about….

  17. Quiza says:

    Tvz seems 2 have a very different view abt SAF. If l remember correctly, SAF fondly called him “LION” in training, due to his hair and playing style. I really dn’t understand, maybe he’s d type who needs 2 b cuddled.

  18. StatesideAussie says:

    0161-Jon/STR … I have to second that. It’s become impossible to use my laptop to listen to music, watch youtube, or Skype with someone while Rupublik of Mancunia is open. Consequently, since I am not prepared to give up those other things for this site (as much as I do love this site), I often close this site instead of leaving it open — and as STR no doubt understands, having this web site closed is not in the best interests of the advertisers who want my eyeballs. I wish it could be fixed.

  19. smartalex says:

    A good way to ensure that adverts you don’t like are removed, is to click on other adverts.

    The ads that are followed often will always reappear. The ads that are ignored are removed.

    Advertisers want to show you their wares. Clicking on an ad costs you nothing.
    Of course, Scott the Red receives a few pennies from the advertiser, and that enables RoM.

  20. Devil310 says:

    I get the vibe that FLETCHER’S so-called ‘virus” could be more of a personal problem than a disease. I know he was sick but I mean, who gets ‘stomach sick’ that long? The club hasn’t been very informative about the diagnosis and prognosis of our Fletcherihno.

    I think this might be a case of one of our players going through some personal issues and the manager doing whatever he can to protect him.

  21. StatesideAussie says:

    SmartAlex … I understand the realities of advertising and I don’t begrudge Scott the few shekels he might get from this lol. What I’m complaining about is the audio feed that comes through just on the regular page — sometimes you open a page to read the blog and are assaulted by an audio feed. This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it’s uninvited and unannounced. I don’t know that clicking a different ad would make any difference, because I didn’t click any ad in the first place. As far as I know, it comes from the main page — the only way to stop that is to either close the page, go to a different site/page or mute the sound. It doesn’t seem to be a problem right at this minute but I will keep an eye — or an ear — on it. By the way, I seem to recall this issue came up once before and Scott himself posted a response to the effect that according his ad agreements, advertisers are not supposed to be doing this (sending unsolicited audio feeds).

  22. smartalex says:

    StatesideAussie … I hadn’t realised that was what you guys were struggling with.
    Sounds terrible!

    I remember it did happen previously. I’m not experiencing it at all, so I guess it’s territorial.
    With regard to the clicking on ads, I suggest it whenever I can.
    Everyone should click many times a day.


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