The Football League Paper - - STEVE CURRY -

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

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