A famous British football manager who led Manchester United to 30 domestic and international championships, Alex Ferguson was born on this date in 1941. Sir Alex’s Manchester playlist to which you are invited will be heard, not at Old Trafford’s pitch, rather at KRNN’s Crosscurrents, 12/31 at 8 am.
Love him or hate him, one thing is irrefutable, namely that Fergie was brilliant when it came to turning a phrase. He was always prepared to give the media a witty remark or cutting aside. His comments could irritate those on the receiving end. Sir Alex is now retired. We celebrate his birthday with a retrospective os some of his best quotes….
No.1 “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football – Bloody hell !!!” 2009, and Fergie is almost lost for words after United’s incredible last-gasp turnaround over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
No.2 “It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it.”Fergie introduced one of football’s now classic lines back in 2003 when battling it out at the end of the season with Arsenal.
No.3 “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.” 2009, and one of Fergie’s most famous line’s is directed towards the new buying-power of Manchester City.
No.4 “My greatest challenge is not what is happening right at this moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch. And you can print that.” Sir Alex Ferguson on overhauling Liverpool’s record number of title victories.
No.5 “If I’d tried it 100 times or a million times, it wouldn’t happen again. If it did, I would carry on playing.” 2003, Fergie talk’s about the on the natorious kicked boot that hit David Beckham and cut open his eyebrow.
No.6 “Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in your own field. It’s a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way.” 2010 – Fergie contemplates the rationale for Wayne Rooney’s request for a transfer.
No.7 “Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success”
No.8 “You cannot lead by following.”
No.9 ..you learn more from defeats than you do from victories”
No.10 “I never had a problem reaching a decision based on imperfect information. That’s just the way the world works.”
No.11 “If you need one person to change your destiny, then you have not built a very solid organisation.”
No.12 “Don’t lie, don’t steal and always be early.”
No.13 “If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.”