Regular readers of this column will know that I’m a big fan of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Not just because of his football success but because of the man himself, where he came from and his guiding principles in life.
Ferguson came from a working class background and his early upbringing in Govan, Glasgow, shaped the man he was to become.
It’s no wonder that he ended up fiercely independent with strong socialist/labour tendencies.
His early days surely gave him a feeling of what true friendship and a sense of community and team spirit was all about.
Why then, has he found it necessary in his new book to criticise so many who were part of his success during his football life and indeed, some of those who would have looked on him as a mentor or father figure?
Ferguson shows no sign of mellowing as his explosive autobiography reveals how the Scot tackled club legends who became a threat to his power
Sir Alex was a truly great manager but his success was also down to having some great players in his squads .
And it now looks as if the Govan grandfather wants us to believe it was all down to him alone!
Ferguson’s book hits particularly hard on Roy Keane (his former captain and tough midfield general), who responded immediately with the riposte that his former manager “did not know the meaning of loyalty!”
I can only describe his criticism of Keane as sad and I find it difficult to accept or explain.
Ferguson was clearly angered by Keane’s depiction of the Scot as solely self-interested. Payback comes over 16 pages, depicting the breakdown of one of the great manager-captain axes in United’s history.
All success in football is built on teamwork and Ferguson clearly understood that better than most.
However, it now seems he’s determined to re-write history to give himself an even bigger role than the one he had held at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex clearly doesn’t need the money this book will generate, so I can see no other reason other than self-gratification.
I will continue to be a fan of the ex-Manchester United boss, but I believe this book leaves him in a very poor light as a leader in the eyes of the sporting world.