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MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN: Sir Alex Ferguson's revelations break unwritten rule
6:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in United News
What happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room.
Well, that’s the unwritten rule, but it hasn’t been that way for a long time, especially with autobiographies and life stories being the norm for many sport stars nowadays.
There is a demand for it from the public and a need to share from those writing it.
Sir Alex Ferguson has recently brought out his autobiography, which has divided opinions.
Many have been shocked by the revelations, myself included, from a man who prided himself on the whole principle of “what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room”.
Managers tend to demand that from their players as a must, as part of the ethos that their teams are made of.
Nothing is to leave the dressing room; I suppose to protect the manager, the player and more importantly the club.
But everyone wants to know what goes on inside the dressing room, what really went on during certain publicised incidents and what certain people are really like.
In this day and age, people feel there aren’t supposed to be any secrets and especially not if you are in the public eye.
Well, that’s not necessarily an opinion shared by me. We now live in a society of the ‘big brother’ fly on the wall society; reality TV seems more popular than soaps.
I understand the curiosity and fascination of wanting to know what your hero is really like.
I love it when there is a programme or write up about one of my idols, giving me an insight and glimpse of the real them.
Going back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s book, how do I feel about his comments or criticism levelled at players?
I see things from both sides, as a former player who’s been in a dressing room, and a fan that loves to hear what happens in other team’s dressing rooms.
I can understand the hurt of players that came under fire from a manager they once played for.
Yes, I would be gutted if Glenn Hoddle, Gianluca Vialli or Chris Wilder brought out a book and called me very unprofessional or their worst signing.
Nobody likes criticism and especially from an former manager or ex- teammate.
I don’t have a problem with the things said by Sir Alex (obviously because they aren’t aimed at me) as they are his opinions and his viewpoint on events.
And if his words are honest and true, then who can argue, well apart from those on the receiving end.
I would hope that the book wasn’t the first time the people coming under fire from Sir Alex were hearing the comments.
Not that it makes it any easier of course, but it just seems a little more respectful and less personal.
From the point of a fan, I want to know how the great Sir Alex Ferguson thinks and deals with situations.
I want to know how he dealt with all those great players and personalities he had under him and still remained top-dog.
It’s very interesting to hear his opinions. When he speaks we listen – we have done for 25 years even if we don’t agree.
There was an article printed in a top English paper (not this one, I’m afraid) claiming that Man Utd were going to put an offer in for me when I was a young lad at Chelsea.
I wonder why that never made the book?
That would have added at least six more sales from my family members!
Will I write a book? I don’t think so. Right now I will just enjoy reading Sir Alex Ferguson’s memories.
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