5/12/2013 09:03:00 am

'He's got a temper' - Dalglish denies 'long-running feud' with reviled boss

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has dismissed the idea that there is a long history of bad-blood between him and outgoing Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, and he's heaped praise on the fellow scot for his 'respectful and courteous' manner.

In his column for The Mirror yesterday, Dalglish emphatically denied that there is a 'long-running feud' between him and Ferguson. He insisted:

"I certainly haven’t got any problem with him [Ferguson].

"There was an intense rivalry between us but would the supporters of either club want it any other way? I don’t think so.

"As a fan, you want your manager to stand up for your club. It will create conflict with other clubs and other managers ­sometimes, but I wouldn’t have expected anything else. That’s the way it should be"


Hmmm. That sounds like a back-handed justification for Dalglish's appalling handling of the Suarez-Evra debacle, but that's just me...

Dalglish went on to praise Ferguson for being 'magnanimous when he was on the losing side', something that Liverpool fans may find hard to believe (!):

"He would always come and say hello and have a drink after the game. I never once missed having a post-match drink with him at Old Trafford or Anfield".

Ferguson gets a lot of stick from Liverpool fans for sour demeanour and perceived lack of grace, but Dalglish insists that the Scot 'knows how to behave':

"If you won something, there would be a letter of ­congratulations from him the next day. If someone he knows needs help, he turns up on their ­doorstep. He’s got a temper, but, when I think of his character, I’d say he is respectful and courteous".

There are lots of stories about Ferguson sending letters of support to fellow managers, and/or notes to congratulate them on their achievements, so it seems that behind the scenes, he's just as Dalglish describes.

Ferguson's retirement is a sad day for football. Yes, he's a Manc (in the footballing sense), but he's also an amazing manager, and a real character, and the Premier League won't be the same without him.



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15 Comments :

Dude said...

Idiot. You're not a proper Liverpool fan.

nick1811 said...

Didn't KD or SAF give whichever one of them a lift to training for scotland or something?

mick said...

Thank god he's gone. His influence had gotten out of hand. With jose and rafa gone and arsenal being crap their was nobody to challenge him. Also his success went hand in hand with sky and the premier league era. Nnow he's gone their gona be aan even playing field. Just hope liverpool make themost of it. The league could be wide next season we just have to getaway from thinking fourth is good. Fourth should be the last place we want it comes after first,second and third you know.

bobbygraham said...

It's his overbearing influence on the FA thatwas the problem, but Man utd have made contingency plans, they have virtually taken over the FA now.
Thet also have the disgusting Gordon Taylor in their pocket.

bobbygraham said...

No one has cared to mention that Liverpool fc are still high on thier perch as Britains top team ever in Europe and he will never beat Bob Paisleys record secured in less than a third of the time.

Jaimie K said...

With respect, that's just a standard conspiracy theory with no basis. LFC fans love to think that 'evil' Ferguson has the FA in his pocket, but it's just nonsense.

RennyLFC said...

We'll have to see how it goes next season. I believe it will be much better overall as Fergie won't be around to intimidate the refs.

Stonyk said...

Must admit I look forward to (hopefully) equality between the managers. Interestingly I think the FA will start getting stricter on manager behaviour now they do t have to worry about their leaders actions. I actually hope they do anyway. Fergie showed te least respect to refs but the FA were generally powerless. Now they can start getting the respect campaign up an running properly.

red33 said...

Now we have lost someone we love to hate.

rowanb said...

IS ANYONE ALL BAD DEEP DOWN?

VermHat said...

Even Hitler liked dogs.

VermHat said...

Sad day for football, good day for Liverpool.
The real shame though is that if we ever manage to win the title, we wont have beaten Fergie.
Fortunately, I don't think that ambivalence will ever come to pass.

billy the cat said...

totally agree should be in a box with thacther ! one c"nt that

Jas Singh said...

He saw whats happening at Anfield and left while he could! Pity, we not gonna get the chance to knock him off his perch!

David said...

Lets look at the opportunity to us for next season with 4 out of the top 6 teams having new managers for next season. While there will certainly be quality managers who take over the posts, hopefully there will be a bedding in period and we can use the time now and prepare for a proper run at the champions league places for next year.

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