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Sir Alex Ferguson gets away with tantrums because we let him – Patrick Collins

Why do we keep letting Sir Alex and his manager pals get away with endless self-indulgent tantrums and spats

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 29 December 2012

It was a depressing tantrum; a foot-stamping, arm-waving, finger-jabbing eruption of self-indulgence, with more than a hint of the bully about it.

Sir Alex Ferguson behaved quite outrageously at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. He may be incomparably accomplished but for a man on the eve of his 71st birthday he can sometimes seem distressingly immature.

Yet nobody was unduly surprised by the performance, since Ferguson has form in this department. Just as nobody was especially amazed by Mike Dean's decision not to report Sir Alex to the Football Association.

Blast from the hairdryer: Sir Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Andy Garrett at Old Trafford on Saturday

Ferguson and Andy Garratt share a joke

Up to your old tricks, Sir Alex All eyes were on Ferguson during Manchester United's 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after his Boxing Day outburst (below), but while he shouted at assistant referee Andy Garrett at Old Trafford (left), he also showed his gentler side by sharing a joke with the official (right)

Ferguson's ref rant

Of course, he should not have tolerated such a show of crass dissent during the United-Newcastle game, since it demeaned his own authority and diminished the status of officials at every level.

But clearly he felt he had little option. For Dean is merely a football referee, while Ferguson is a member of an altogether happier, wealthier, more prestigious profession. He is a football manager.

Once again, 2012 was the year of the manager, confirming a trend which has developed down the decades. the man in the dugout is now more famous, and considerably more powerful, than almost any of the young athletes in his care.

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But the manager is different. As the public face of his club, he is the man who pulls the strings and sets the tone. As such, he enjoys considerable influence and he can become tetchy when he feels his powers being mocked or challenged.

If Ferguson's outburst was wearily familiar, then his subsequent spat with Newcastle's Alan Pardew was still more predictable. Now Pardew is rarely regarded as one of football's intellectuals. Certainly, his short-term memory is as faulty as the rest of his trade.

He correctly suggested that Ferguson should have been sent to the stands but naturally he overlooked the opening match of the season, when he pushed over a linesman. 'It was comical,' Pardew chuckled at the time. 'He just happened to be right in front of me.'

Ferguson has reminded him of the incident, and his arrogant description of Newcastle as 'a wee club in the north-east' has ensured that the dreary squabble has a long way to run. Yet, for most of them, squabbling and self-protection is a way of life. At tImes, they make politicians appear almost altruistic.

Thus, Harry Redknapp takes over at QPR from the expensive disaster that was Mark Hughes and promptly damns the previous regime. 'I don't want to spend the owners' money, really,' says Redknapp. 'I've got to be honest with you. I don't want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. a lot of agents have made an awful lot of money out of them.'

Now, it is true that Rangers spent an extraordinary 6.8million on agents in the year ending September 2012. It may also be true that some of those agents were more talented footballers than the players they represented. Yet nobody mentioned that in Redknapp's three-and-a-half years as Tottenham manager, the club spent the thick end of 25m on agents' fees. Hughes will surely rectify that omission and another feud will gain pace.

Power games: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is another who loves a tiff where possible

Power games: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is another who loves a tiff where possible

Mancini at Norwich

Mancini at Norwich

Roberto Mancini is another manager with a healthy respect for self-protection. Sometimes this takes the form of a juvenile jibe at an official, like last week's 'maybe the referee ate too much for Christmas'. Sometimes it may be a theatrical clash with the opposition – Moyes, Ferguson, Wenger, Lambert and Martinez have all served as sparring partners.

Yet most managers seem to enjoy a tiff and we in the media are all too often at pains to publicise their differences. Consider the recent League Cup tie between Leeds and Chelsea. On this entire strife-torn, recession-ridden planet, could anything be less important than wondering if Neil Warnock will shake the hand of Rafa Benitez But wonder we did. and great was the rejoicing when peace broke out.

You see, these are people of consequence and as such we weigh their pronouncements – the nonsense along with the profound. We inflate their successes and vilify their shortcomings. We may occasionally marvel at a compensation system in which failure is rewarded as lavishly as success but we say nothing.

You see, they are the masters now. They set their own terms and make their own rules. And if the leader of their pack should indulge himself with the odd touchline tantrum, then he can anticipate no serious penalty. For he knows that football managers are the new aristocracy of professional sport. Such is the status quo. Expect no changes in 2013.

Time for a sit-down protest

The dying days of 2012 have produced a most unlikely hero. I give you Paul Weir, Sunderland's head of safety and security.

Most of our major football clubs have a serious problem with selfish spectators who insist on standing in areas designed for seats, thereby blocking the view and ruining the match for countless fans.

But Sunderland have done something about the problem. They have ejected 38 people, suspended season tickets and taped up the seats of persistent offenders.

Sit down! Sunderland are cracking down on supporters who persistently stand at matches

Sit down! Sunderland are cracking down on supporters who persistently stand at matches

Mr Weir said: 'We have a duty of care to all our supporters, including elderly and disabled fans who have contacted us, very concerned that their enjoyment on a match day is being compromised because people around them stand throughout the game.'

Inevitably, some of the standing blockheads are mightily miffed by this action and one of the Sunderland message boards was awash with schemes for demonstrating their displeasure at Saturday's game.

But others opted for sanity. I cherished the brutal Wearside common sense of the man who wrote: 'Daft t***s will probably stage a sit-down protest'.

Past his bedtime: Phil 'The Power' Taylor

Past his bedtime: Phil 'The Power' Taylor

Power failure hits Phil

From time to time, usually by people who ought to know better, Phil 'The Power' Taylor is described as 'Britain's greatest-ever sportsman'. This apparently derives from the fact that he has won a version of the darts world title on 15 occasions, thus elevating himself high above the likes of Bannister, Coe, Matthews, Finney, Moore, Botham, Redgrave, Wiggins and others.

I recalled the absurdly recurring claim when I heard about Taylor's struggle to stay awake for the evening sessions of the latest world event. At 52, he complained, starting matches at 10 o'clock at night was far too tiring.

'The late nights are difficult,' confessed 'The Power'. 'I would love to be on at 8pm. That would be perfect for me. I can go back, put on my slippers on and go to bed early.'

He then posed the question: 'Has Roger Federer ever played at 11.30pm at night in a last-32 match' Well, I imagine he has because Federer is a superb athlete who excels in a cruelly demanding and utterly authentic sport.

Had he hankered after early nights and slippers, then he would have taken up a pot-bellied pub game. Britain's 'greatest-ever sportsman' could suggest one.

Pulis: A clarification

Last week I referred to a published report that the Stoke manager, Tony Pulis, had officially complained about the suspension of Marouane Fellaini for head-butting Ryan Shawcross. The report, widely circulated across the media, said Pulis believed the three-match ban was too lenient and that a Stoke player would have received something far more punitive.

Tony Pulis has assured me that the report was a complete invention and that he had made no such complaint. I am pleased to accept his assurance and thank him for clarifying the situation.

David Moyes has promised Rafa Benitez a warm reception in the dug-out

Moyes relishing Rafa's visit but Chelsea boss can expect return to hostilities

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UPDATED:

00:22 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Moyes promised Rafa Benitez a warm welcome to the dug-out but was less sure of the reception awaiting him from irate Everton fans when Chelsea visit Goodison Park tomorrow.

Benitez is getting used to being booed by his own Chelsea followers since taking over but he can expect an even greater level of hostility when he takes a team to Goodison for the first time in over three years.

Welcome: Though they had a frosty relationship when Rafa Benitez (left) was a manager on Merseyside, David Moyes will give a warm welcome to the manager when he arrives at Goodison Park

Welcome: Though they had a frosty relationship when Rafa Benitez (left) was a manager on Merseyside, David Moyes will give a warm welcome to the manager when he arrives at Goodison Park

Vilified by Stamford Bridge patrons for some disparaging remarks about Chelsea as Liverpool manager, Benitez also managed to alienate Everton supporters during his Anfield tenure.

They were unhappy with his ‘small club’ jibe in 2007 — a comment which related to alleged defensive tactics — and it will surely return to haunt him when he emerges from the Goodison tunnel.

Asked yesterday whether Everton might be punching above their weight for a small club as they challenge for a Champions League place, Moyes grinned and said: ‘I’d better not answer that.’

Everton fans probably won't be as welcoming to the ex-Liverpool boss, however

Everton fans probably won't be as welcoming to the ex-Liverpool boss, however

The Everton manager was still smiling as he considered whether Benitez’s outburst might provoke a backlash from his club’s supporters and players.

‘Will it motivate us No, I don’t think it will have any effect whatsoever,’ he said wryly. ‘I think we have moved on as a team since he was last here.

‘There has been a lot of progress and that is why we have done so well over the past 12 months.’

Doubt: Darron Gibson (right) is hoping to be ready in time for the clash with Chelsea

Doubt: Darron Gibson (right) is hoping to be ready in time for the clash with Chelsea

Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp ordered by FA to explain referee criticisms

FA demand Mancini and Redknapp explain referee criticisms… as Fergie escapes sanction

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 28 December 2012

The FA today confirmed they had written to Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp over their criticism of referees following Manchester City and QPR's Boxing Day defeats.

The FA sent letters to City boss Mancini and Rangers counterpart Redknapp requesting their observations on their post-match comments in the wake of their sides' respective matches against Sunderland and West Brom.

Mancini and Redknapp could both find themselves charged by the FA if their words are found to have amounted to improper conduct.

In the dock: Redknapp and Maancini have been told to explain themselves

In the dock: Redknapp and Maancini have been told to explain themselves

In the dock: Redknapp and Mancini have been ordered to explain their actions

Mancini hit out at referee Kevin Friend following City's 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light, saying: 'Maybe the referee ate too much for Christmas.'

The Italian was particularly angry with what he felt was a foul on Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to Adam Johnson's winner, saying it was 'impossible two men couldn't see it' in reference to Friend and his assistant.

Redknapp, meanwhile, was furious with what he claimed were two 'scandalous' decisions in QPR's 2-1 home defeat to West Brom.

Outburst: Redknapp was disappointed with the decision to allow the goal at Loftus Road to stand and Mancini slammed the referee for not spotting as foul in the build-up to Johnson's goal

Outburst: Redknapp was disappointed with the decision to allow the goal at Loftus Road to stand and Mancini slammed the referee for not spotting as foul in the build-up to Johnson's goal

Outburst: Redknapp was disappointed with the decision to allow the goal at Loftus Road to stand and Mancini slammed the referee for not spotting as foul in the build-up to Johnson's goal

The Rangers boss felt the Baggies' second goal should have been disallowed for a push on goalkeeper Robert Green and bemoaned the decision not to award his side a penalty when Liam Ridgewell appeared to handle the ball late on.

Redknapp said: 'I asked the linesman how he didn't see that penalty – it was the most blatant handball you could wish to see but he said it was murky down there in that corner and he couldn't make it out.

'Maybe he should go to Specsavers. I thought they were both awful decisions. Scandalous decisions.'

Scott free: Fergie wasn't charged for his actions during the clash at Old Trafford

Scott free: Fergie wasn't charged for his actions during the clash at Old Trafford

Ashley Cole gives evidence in Mark Clattenburg and John Obi Mikel "race" row

Cole dragged into Clattenburg 'race' row as FA interview Chelsea star over Mikel claims

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 20 November 2012

Chelsea's complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg for racial abuse has taken a dramatic twist after Ashley Cole was dragged in to give evidence to the FA.

The Chelsea left-back was interviewed at Stamford Bridge first thing on Sunday morning by the FA’s head of on-field regulation Tarik Shamel and FA compliance officer Blake Lewenden as the investigation moves into its 24th day.

FA chiefs hope to make an announcement on Clattenburg by the end of the week, but the decision to interview Cole has delayed the findings of the investigation team.

Evidence: Ashley Cole (centre) was interviewed by the FA on Monday

Evidence: Ashley Cole (centre) was interviewed by the FA on Monday

Chelsea allege that Clattenburg called John Obi Mikel ‘a monkey’ during their stormy 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28.

Incredibly Cole, who was not close to the incident involving Mikel, has been added to the list of Chelsea’s players who have given taped interviews to the FA.

The FA’s compliance team are handling Cole with extreme caution after he was condemned by the Independent Regulatory Commission following the decision to ban John Terry.

Cole was criticised in the written judgement and his evidence was considered unreliable after the left-back made amendments to his original interview with the FA’s head of regulation Jenni Kennedy.

Row: Mark Clattenburg is accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel

Row: Mark Clattenburg is accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel

The Chelsea left-back responded at the time by tweeting ‘Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT****’.

He was later fined 90,000 by the FA for his outburst and he subsequently apologised for yet another transgression.

Given Cole’s track record, it is a delicate situation for the FA and his interview, as with all the other witnesses, is now being scrutinised.

FA chiefs have asked for external legal advice as they consider whether to charge Clattenburg under the Rule E3 (1) and (2).

David Platt defends Roberto Mancini

Platt comes to Mancini's defence as Man City boss fails to show for press conference

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UPDATED:

12:12 GMT, 9 November 2012

Roberto Mancini's assistant David Platt has defended the Manchester City boss following his Champions League rant in midweek.

Mancini confronted Danish referee Peter Rasmussen and his assistants after the decision to rule out a late Sergio Aguero effort and dismiss Mario Balotelli’s penalty claims in the 2-2 draw with Ajax almost certainly killed off City’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.

The Italian then berated a cameraman who got too close to him on the pitch, but Platt insisted that he had done nothing wrong.

Outburst: Mancini vents his fury at referee Peter Rasmussen after the midweek draw with Ajax

Outburst: Mancini vents his fury at referee Peter Rasmussen after the midweek draw with Ajax

Outburst: Mancini vents his fury at referee Peter Rasmussen after the midweek draw with Ajax

Deputising for Mancini at Friday’s press
conference, Platt said: ‘Why wouldn’t the manager of a football club be
frustrated Why wouldn’t we all be frustrated Players are frustrated,
supporters are frustrated, staff are frustrated.

‘You get back to 2-2 with 20 minutes left. We have a goal disallowed and
then we have a free kick in the last few seconds, the referee allows it
to be taken and go into the box, and the camera angles show it is a
clear penalty.

‘Robbie has gone on to the pitch and spoken to the referee. As he comes
back, he turns around and has a camera in front of his face for 30
yards.

‘He speaks in English and says that basically it is enough now. People
then want to start talking about what has happened and almost
exaggerating the incident.

Under pressure: City are on the verge of exiting the Champions League at the group stage again

Under pressure: City are on the verge of exiting the Champions League at the group stage again

‘I don’t think he is the first manager to go on to the pitch. If you go
on to Wikipedia you’ll see has done it before, not just as a manager but
as a player.

‘He wears his heart on his sleeve. We can sit here and drag it on for
another three days but that’s what seems to be the thing that is
happening to us at this moment in time, half voices, half truths,
stories that are probably big enough to go one day are actually lasting a
lot longer than that and for what reason, I don’t know.

‘The manager for three or four press conferences has not spoken about the next game but about what people want to write about.’

Platt confirmed that David Silva, Maicon and Joleon Lescott are all back
in training but only Lescott is expected to be in contention for
Sunday’s home game with Tottenham.

Roberto Mancini deserves ban for on-pitch rant – Graham Poll

Graham Poll: Mancini should have kept his cool and deserves ban for on-pitch rant

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UPDATED:

00:02 GMT, 7 November 2012

Roberto Mancini could face a touchline and dressing-room ban for the remaining two Champions League games after his post-match outburst on the pitch at Danish referee Peter Rasmussen.

No matter how aggrieved the Italian felt, he should have kept calm on and off the pitch.

Out of control: Roberto Mancini should have kept his cool

Out of control: Roberto Mancini should have kept his cool

His complaints regarded a disallowed goal for offside and a last-gasp penalty appeal as Mario Balotelli was pulled down.

While City certainly had cause for complaint at the final whistle over the penalty appeal, slow-motion replays showed that the assistant referee was correct (albeit fractionally) to flag Pablo Zabaleta offside before Sergio Aguero fired home.

Cause for complaint: Man City did deserve a late penalty

Cause for complaint: Man City did deserve a late penalty

While Mancini and TV pundits questioned how the assistant could be so sure, he must have had no doubts and he was right.

However, the last action of the match was a different matter. Balotelli, with his arm outstretched and his hand touching an opponent, was clearly pulled down by the shirt. It should have been a penalty and once again the additional assistant behind the goal-line, who was very close to the incident, failed to help the poorly positioned referee, who immediately blew for full time.

Lee Croft accused of racist attack on ball boy

Croft accused of racist outburst against ball boy with police probing incident

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UPDATED:

21:06 GMT, 14 October 2012


Attempt: Lee Croft tries to shake hands with the ballboy

Attempt: Lee Croft tries to shake hands with the ballboy

Former Manchester City and Norwich midfielder Lee Croft is under investigation for an alleged racist attack on a black ball boy.

Police are probing an incident late in Saturday’s game at Sheffield United where Croft, now with Oldham, went to retrieve the ball for a throw-in as his side pressed for their late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

He became angry when the ball was kicked back on to the field beyond him by the ball boy, who is 14 but has not been named.

Croft appeared to say something,
although the ball boy did not react at that point. At the end of the
game Croft went to shake his hand. At first the ball boy took it but
then yanked his hand away, apparently on realising it was Croft.

Sheffield United are said to have
received up to nine complaints following the game, including some from
stewards who were in the vicinity. It was reported to the police who
launched an investigation.

Confrontation: A Sheffield United fan runs on to the pitch to talk to Lee Croft (right)

Confrontation: A Sheffield United fan runs on to the pitch to talk to Lee Croft (right)

Croft, 27, admitted losing his temper,
saying he apologised to the boy and an Oldham statement said: ‘The
player has categorically denied the allegation.

‘The club and his team-mates are fully supportive.’

What happened Police have launched an investigation into events at Bramall Lane

What happened Police have launched an investigation into events at Bramall Lane

Leighton Baines ready to fight Ashley Cole for England left back spot

Baines warns Cole he is not ready to give up England left back spot without a fight

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 13 October 2012

Leighton Baines admits he is ready to battle Ashley Cole for the England left-back role and feels he is good enough to be a regular under Roy Hodgson.

Baines has waited patiently for his chance as Cole has closed in on 100 caps.

But the Chelsea defender’s relationship with the England hierarchy has been affected by his Twitter outburst against the Football Association, which led to him being charged.

Ready for battle: Leighton Baines wants to keep his spot in the England team

Ready for battle: Leighton Baines wants to keep his spot in the England team

Cole Baines

Cole was left on the bench for the 5-0 win over San Marino on Friday and Baines showed again he is good enough to compete on the international stage.

Cole will probably regain his place against Poland on Tuesday but Baines says he is ready to do everything to show Hodgson he should be first-choice left-back.

Baines said: ‘Ashley is a terrific player but in the games I’ve played I’ve shown I can come in and do a job as well.

‘Of course you want to play more. All I can do is play as well as I can for Everton, and that’s all I’m focused on.

‘I’ll just keep playing as well as I can.’

Ryan Bertrand in angry Twitter rant over illness

Bertrand lives up to billing as next Ashley Cole… with angry Twitter rant

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 11 October 2012

A Chelsea left-back let rip with an extraordinary Twitter rant over his involvement with England – but it wasn't Ashley Cole.

Ryan Bertrand took to the social networking site in anger after pulling out of the squad for Friday night's match with San Marino.

Initial reports suggested a sore throat was to blame for Bertrand's withdrawal but the youngster insists he would bravely battle on with such an ailment and that his problem is more serious.

Not happy: Ryan Bertrand took to Twitter to clarify his situation

Not happy: Ryan Bertrand took to Twitter to clarify his situation

Bertrand tweeted: 'Just to clarify…. Its not a “sore throat” Im ill. swollen glands in my neck… And constant headache for 3 days now and freezin cold.

'Do you think a “sorethroat” could stop me being apart of a match for my club or country #yourf******nuts this is what every boy dreams of.'

Bertrand's club-mate Ashley Cole was forced to apologise for an x-rated tweet after a report from the FA criticised his evidence in the John Terry racism hearing.

Outburst: Ashley Cole (right) had to apologise for his tweets about the FA

Outburst: Ashley Cole (right) had to apologise for his tweets about the FA

After the emergence of the report, Cole tweeted: 'Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT****'

Cole later removed the tweet and apologised, saying: 'I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA Commission ruling about me.

'I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA.'

Ashley Cole says sorry to FA chairman David Bernstein for Twitter outburst

Under-fire England star Cole says sorry to FA chairman Bernstein for Twitter outburst

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UPDATED:

06:37 GMT, 9 October 2012

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has revealed that Ashley Cole apologised to him personally on Monday night over his offensive Twitter message.

Bernstein also stressed that England manager Roy Hodgson will decide whether the Chelsea full-back plays against San Marino in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

Training day: Cole with England at St George's Park on Monday

Training day: Cole with England at St George's Park on Monday

Cole was charged with
misconduct by the FA on Monday over his Twitter outburst on Friday when he
referred to the governing body as a 'bunch of t****' in response to the
independent regulatory commission's damning judgement on his evidence in
the John Terry racial abuse verdict.

Bernstein, speaking to Radio 5 Live ahead of the official opening of
the National Football Centre at St George's Park in Burton, revealed
that Cole had followed up his apology to the FA on Friday with a
personal apology.

'He apologised immediately on Friday and he came to see me last night and apologised to me personally,' said Bernstein.

'He showed real contrition. He said he was really sorry.

Starting role: Baines will feature if Hodgson decides to rest Cole

Starting role: Baines will feature if Hodgson decides to rest Cole

'He is free to play for England over the coming matches. It is up to the manager to decide whether he plays or not.'

Cole was given until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the FA charge. the timing far from ideal given the deadline is barely 24 hours before England face San Marino at Wembley.

With Bernstein confirming it is up to Hodgson to decide whether or not to play Cole, the only threat to his chances of winning a 99th cap would appear to be if the England manager opts to rest him ahead of the crucial trip to Poland four days later.

More to follow

Question time: Bernstein is likely to be grilled over Terry (left) and Cole

Question time: Bernstein is likely to be grilled over Terry (left) and Cole


Plenty to ponder: Hodgson has endured a turbulent month

Plenty to ponder: Hodgson has endured a turbulent month