WHY I’M HOPING GOLFERS KEEP ALEX ON SIDE!
WOULDN’T you just love to have been a fly on the wall when Sir Alex Ferguson gave his motivational speech to our Ryder Cup team?
What an inspired idea by Paul McGinley to get the former Manchester United manager to motivate his players, though you like to think they were already pretty pumped up.
I’ve enjoyed Sir Alex’s enthusiasm on numerous occasions and it is what has inspired numerous young managers who have sought his counsel when problems arise.
And the demise of United since he relinquished his post is testimony to how much his managerial genius meant there.
I can’t help wondering, however, whether he will be back in the team room if, perish the thought, things don’t go well for Europe.
Having been on the end of the hairdryer just once let me assure the lads it isn’t much fun. My blast was delivered at a very public football writers’ function at London’s Savoy after I’d suggested on television it might be time to consider retirement.
But two days’ later I received an apologetic phone call at home. I don’t think even David Beckham got that!
Just the thought of a Fergie fusillade should be worth a few points in itself!
FIERY: Sir Alex Ferguson