The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
I’m not sure if there’s a new curry place delivering to Old Trafford, or if he’s just feeling feisty after celebrating his 21st anniversary on the job, but Alex Ferguson is on a tear through the newspapers that’s flabbergasting even by his stratospheric standards. First we learn that the FA are investigating him over his unbelievable claims of referee bias in the Manchester United – Arsenal match last weekend. Then things really get interesting.
In the last 24 hours, Sir Alex has attacked agents, proposed concrete changes to the match substitutes system, kept the word “dossier” in the forefront of football news, and, in an obvious swipe at Arsenal, insinuated that foreign players are ruining the fabric of English football. (Foreign players like…Anderson, maybe?) Here are some of the highlights:
I love Sir Alex Ferguson. The man has more ideas than FIFA! Plus, how many managers do you know who could initiate a dossier one minute and complain about coddled modern youth who longer have to paint the stands the next? He’s like the world’s grumpiest, most xenophobic secret agent. If James Bond lived to be 67 and became the greatest manager in the modern history of football, I think he’d be a lot like Alex Ferguson.
by Brian Phillips · November 6, 2007