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Alex Ferguson: I"m too old for the hairdryer!

I'm too old for the hairdryer! Ferguson is a mellow manager

Manchester United manager Sir Alex
Ferguson insists the days of doling out his infamous 'hairdryer
treatment' to underperforming players are long gone.

The 70-year-old Scot, who believes he
has another two or three years before retirement, said age and
experience had mellowed him and he no longer went in for dressing room
bust-ups.

Sir Alex Ferguson: The United boss 'doesn't do confrontation'

Sir Alex Ferguson: The United boss 'doesn't do confrontations'

'I don't have any confrontations really, not nowadays, although maybe when I was younger I would have,' he said.

'If a player answered me back I would head straight for them, this is where the hairdryer treatment comes in. I didn't allow a player to beat me in an argument.

'Now I am older and more experienced and because of that and my time at the club the players have more respect.'

That is not to say Ferguson has gone soft in his approach to the players, however, and he accepts he is prone to the odd outburst of frustration.

'There is nothing wrong with losing your temper if it is for the right reasons – sometimes you are better getting it out of your system,' he added.

'My normal pattern of management is to get it out of your system. I tell players after the game and that's it finished – the next day to me is a new world.'

Ferguson insists stress remains an alien concept to him, although he accepts his love of horse racing affords him a valuable release from life at Old Trafford.

Infamous: David Beckham bears the scars of his bust-up with Fergie

Infamous: David Beckham bears the scars of his bust-up with Fergie

'I don't feel stress, I must admit. I was more anxious watching Man City playing (Aston) Villa (earlier this month) than on my own game against Liverpool,' he told Radio Five Live.

'I was getting to a point at United where I was obsessed with the thing (the club).

'It is a great club but you still need to release yourself from it and it (horse racing) has helped.'

And while from the outside the United boss may be seen as overbearing in some aspects of his management style, he believes in the power of positive persuasion.

'Sometimes you have to force players into better than what they think they are,' he said, adding that he liked strong characters in the dressing room but had noticed a change in the way that manifested itself in the modern-day footballer.

'The character is laid back and they are not 'pushers'.

David Moyes: Ferguson is a big fan of the Everton manager

David Moyes: Ferguson is a big fan of the Everton manager

'You see personalities in the dressing room and we've had plenty – (Bryan) Robson, (Mark) Hughes, (Roy) Keane, (Steve) Bruce, Incey (Paul Ince).

'You knew they could not be bullied out of a game. If you wanted football they could play football, if you wanted to make it physical they could be physical.

'They could set the tone of any game they wanted because they were that good.

'Since then I've had deeply strong personalities but not [those who are] forcibly demonstrative about it.

'Players of different generations have the same strength but they do it on the pitch.'

Sir Alex Ferguson has "two or three years left"

Three more years! Fergie rubbishes quit talk and vows to keep fighting

By
Sportsmail Reporter

Last updated at 1:30 AM on 21st February 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson feels he has another two or three years left in the job but would only retire on the back of a success.

The 70-year-old Scot had been due to step down a decade ago but has justified his change of heart by winning five more Premier League titles to complement the seven he already had and adding a second Champions League triumph.

He has also won the FA Cup and three League Cups during that time and although he knows the end is approaching he is determined to end on a high.

I'm still standing: Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to stay at Manchester United for two or three more years

I'm still standing: Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to stay at Manchester United for two or three more years

'The fact I have been successful means you don't want to be in an era when you are not successful. Expectation is huge,' said Ferguson. 'I don't know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don't think another two or three years would harm me any.

'I think you need stamina in my job. I am blessed with that. I'll know when I'm not enjoying it and if I got to a point when I wasn't enjoying it I would definitely do it (retire).

'But I think you always want to go out on a winning note. Hopefully we can do that.'

And while he insists there is no other role for him directly involved in football after he leaves his Old Trafford post, he has no plans to fade into the background.

Next up Jose Mourinho has been touted as Fergie's replacement

Next up Jose Mourinho has been touted as Fergie's replacement

'I would definitely finish – but I would remain active,' he added in an interview on Radio 5. 'I think there would be a role at United after I finish.'

Anticipating the day of his departure has become something of a guessing game over the last 10 years and even the players, both old and new, have started asking questions.

'All the players or their agents ask me how long I've got left when they sign a contract,' he said. 'It becomes more difficult the longer it goes. The way David Gill (chief executive) answers it is by saying “He has no intention of retiring at the moment”.

But Ferguson, who himself is regarded as something of a king-maker within British football, is adamant there have been no discussions about his thoughts on a successor.

'Never discussed it – it is a dangerous game,' was his response. 'At this moment in time there are about half-a-dozen managers doing very well in the Premier League, all the others are fighting for their lives.

'Is that going to be the same in two or three years' time when I'm ready to quit Some may have lost their job.'

Ferguson believes even he would find it difficult were he to have his time at United again.

'I think United need to have someone experienced. If I was coming into United today I would struggle because of the beast it is,' he said.

'When I came in we were in a valley because Liverpool were the dominant team and United were well adrift from that so we had to rebuild the club and it wasn't easy, it took time.

Stand and deliver: Even if he quits the dugout, Sir Alex Ferguson will always be connected to Manchester United

Stand and deliver: Even if he quits the dugout, Sir Alex Ferguson will always be connected to Manchester United

'But the experience I had was the success from Aberdeen and that gave me a chance in terms of respect from the dressing room and gave me self-confidence I could do the job.

'If I was taken from the job in Aberdeen today it would be a much more difficult task even though I was successful.'

One of the secrets of Ferguson's success at United has been not only the way he has developed players but in the manner he has managed them as individuals.

Even though the age difference with some can be almost half-a-century he still has a way of connecting and cajoling the best from them.

'The thing about picking teams is I had experiences as a player I wouldn't want happening to my players,' he said. 'I tell them before why (they are not picked). By doing that you are giving them respect.

'All the players know they can trust me and I've had many come to me with personal problems which I would never reveal to anyone. You try to help if you can – sometimes they want an arm on their shoulder, sometimes they are asking something.

'And they can depend on that trust all their lives because they've been my player.'

Dereck Chisora and David Haye let British boxing down

'They let us down like yobs abroad': Disgraceful Chisora and Haye condemned

The world of boxing rounded on Dereck Chisora and David Haye for their shameful display.

Even Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren was quick to condemn the fighters, calling the brawl ‘stupid and unacceptable’.

Warren, who admitted he did not see the incident clearly until he was shown the video evidence by German police at 3am on Sunday, said he expected the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) to take prompt action.

Brawl: David Haye hits Dereck Chisora (hidden, gray shirt) in shameful scenes

Brawl: David Haye hits Dereck Chisora (hidden, gray shirt) in shameful scenes

He told Radio 5 Live: ‘They (BBBC) will have their own investigation. It is something we could certainly do without in boxing. It was just awful and I am sure the board will take appropriate action.

‘If Dereck Chisora is found guilty of misconduct then they have a process to deal with it.’

Later, he told Sky Sports: ‘Not that I’m condoning or trying to stick up for him (Chisora) — what happened was outrageous and wrong, but he certainly did not throw the first punch.

Got something to say Chisora takes the fight to Haye after his defeat

Got something to say Chisora takes the fight to Haye after his defeat

‘It was an embarrassment to British boxing. He gave Vitali Klitschko the hardest fight since Lennox Lewis. It’s just ridiculous that a guy can get in the ring and do so well and yet outside the ring he gets himself involved in some really horrible situations.’

Asked what he thought of suggestions that the brawl was a publicity stunt, Warren replied: ‘I would say they were total idiots.

‘I’m sure if you think somebody wants
to pull a stunt like that and wind up getting hit with a bottle and
wind up in a police station while the other guy can’t be found . . .
you’ve just got to be a complete moron to come up with a suggestion like
that.’

Sort it out: Frank Warren, Chisora's promoter condemned his fighter

Sort it out: Frank Warren, Chisora's promoter condemned his fighter

Wladimir Klitschko, the younger brother of Vitali and the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, had water spat at him by Chisora in the ring just before Saturday’s fight started.

He said: ‘It is the sport of boxing and we do not need theatre like that. It is all about the ring and the fighting in the ring — not outside.

‘I am really surprised. This behaviour is really not acceptable. Outside of the ring it has to be punished and (they must) pay the penalty.

‘The spitting of water in the ring is not right, we have to respect each other.’

Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water

Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water

British heavyweight Audley Harrison, in the process of making another comeback, waded in on Twitter and said: ‘Frank Warren is a great promoter, but I wish he stopped Derek leaving the podium to confront Haye … selling a fight is one thing, but when pride is on the line and tempers are raised, you cannot let two fighters confront each other; it’s going to kick off. It happened with Lennox & Hasim, me & Danny Williams, me & Herbie Hide, and a whole host of other fighters.

‘It was not pretty and it never is … I suspect the board will punish both fighters, but in the end, the best way to settle the animosity is in the ring.’

Frank Maloney, former manager to former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis, said he was ‘ashamed to be involved in boxing right now’.

Too far: Haye picks up a camera tripod as the violence escalates in Munich

Too far: Haye picks up a camera tripod as the violence escalates in Munich

Maloney added: ‘What happened, and how it was allowed to happen, was an absolute disgrace. I gather David Haye was working for a television station, so he was entitled to be there, but I see him as being largely to blame for this. It wasn’t his moment, so why did he get involved, shouting stuff and provoking people

‘As for Dereck Chisora, I just wonder why he was allowed to get up from that table. What were the people who represent him thinking when he stood up We are talking about a street boy.

‘The problem with both these guys, and a lot like them, is that they think they are Mike Tyson. They want to speak like him, act like him. It’s a shame they can’t actually fight like him.

Taunt: Haye mocked Chisora after he lost for the third time in his career

Taunt: Haye mocked Chisora after he lost for the third time in his career

‘Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko looked shocked. As a patriotic person, I am embarrassed. Chisora and Haye were like two p***** Brits abroad. They were guests in Germany and let our country down.

‘The British Boxing Board of Control need to make an example of them. I’m not sure what they can do with Haye as he doesn’t have a licence as yet, but Chisora should be fined and banned. It was a disgrace.’

He's back: Chisora arrived in London on Sunday night

He's back: Chisora arrived in London on Sunday night

Steven Finn eyes an England Test place

Finn hopes hard work continues to pay off by propelling back into England Test reckoning

Steven Finn has no argument with his current exclusion from the England Test side and is willing to bide his time to win back a place.

The Middlesex player was a star performer in the one-day series against India last year but was overlooked in favour of Chris Tremlett for the first Test against Pakistan and could not dislodge James Anderson or Stuart Broad once England opted to go for just two seamers for the next two games.

He returned with style to post figures of 4 for 34 as England recovered from their Test series whitewash to beat Pakistan by 130 runs in the first ODI in Abu Dhabi but does not have an axe to grind with the selectors.

Seizing his chance: Finn removed Pakistan's first four batsmen in Abu Dhabi with figures of 4-34

Seizing his chance: Finn removed Pakistan's first four batsmen in Abu Dhabi with figures of 4-34

Finn told Radio 5 Live: 'You have to accept that the guys who are playing in the team have been better bowlers than me. They've got a lot of experience, they've played a lot of cricket and have got proven track records of being exceptional – and until that changes there's not going to be a place for me.

'I just have to keep knocking on the door, keep trying to push their places hard but at the moment I accept and know that the people in the team are there for a reason.'

Finn attributed his success against Pakistan to the extra work he has put since being dropped midway through the 2010/11 Ashes series.

'It's something I've worked very hard on over the last 12-14 months since being left out of that Test team in Australia and it's something that hopefully now people can start to see the hard work that I've put in. Hopefully that will start to show in my performances.

'You look at tiny little technical things, mindset things and then try and come back a better bowler.

'I bowled a lot last summer for Middlesex, which was great – to go and get that cricket under my belt. Then throughout this winter I've done a fair amount of bowling – whether it be in nets, or in game situations – and I feel like I'm learning all the time.'

Fabio Capello resignation stuns Jack Wilshere

Gutted! Wilshere stunned after Capello steps down as England manager

Jack Wilshere admitted his shock at Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager.

Capello resigned following a meeting with Football Association chiefs at Wembley Stadium.

Arsenal midfielder Wilshere won his first cap under Capello against Hungary in August 2010.

Stunned: Jack Wilshere was shocked to see Fabio Capello resign

Stunned: Jack Wilshere was shocked to see Fabio Capello resign

The 20-year-old said on Twitter: 'Shocked about news on Fabio Capello…gutted to be honest, gave me my 1st cap and believed in me! Thank you Mr Capello! GreatManager.'

Wilshere, who has not played this season because of injury, said Capello had had a 'massive' impact on his career.

He tweeted: 'People have there own judgement on Capello but for a young player who was given the chance to play for my country at such a young age…

'He has shown great belief and trust in me so I can only thank him….massive influence on my career so far! Sad to see him go!'

Meanwhile, former England defender Danny Mills criticised the FA for their handling of the situation and claimed the Euro 2012 campaign will be compromised as a result.

'It think the FA have handled this very badly,' he told Radio Five Live.

'He's obviously decided enough's enough and walked out. He's almost dropped England right in it.

Departure: Capello leaves Wembley after his talks with the FA

Departure: Capello leaves Wembley after his talks with the FA

'There's an awful lot of preparation that has gone in it (Euro 2012). It just causes disruption. There will be speculation that people don't need.

'Players will be asked about Capello, the new manager and about John Terry.

'He's justified in his decision. Do England need this leading into a major tournament'

Mills was also sceptical about whether Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, the favourite to take over the reins, would be able to juggle the England job with his duties at Spurs.

'I presume Harry Redknapp is the favourite, but he's got a job to do with Spurs until the end of the season,]' he said.

'The FA have handled this really badly.

'You have to find a man very quickly. Someone who wants the job.

'If it's going to be Harry Redknapp are Spurs going to allow it

'The FA are almost going to be held to ransom. The Euros is going to be a trial for whoever takes charge.”

Luis Suarez refuses to apologise to Patrice Evra

Suarez ready for Old Trafford boo boys as he refuses to say sorry to Evra

Unfazed: Suarez ready to face Evra

Unfazed: Suarez ready to face Evra

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has no intention of apologising to Manchester United defender Patrice Evra over the race row.

The pair are set to go head-to-head
at Old Trafford on Saturday for the first time since the Uruguayan was
handed a eight-match ban for abusing Evra during a Premier League match
at Anfield in October.

Suarez can expect a red-hot reception but the 25-year-old insists he can handle the pressure.

'I know against Man United it is
going to be tense because I'm going to face Evra. But I'm used to having
fans whistle at me. I hope nothing unusual happens. I'll have to forget
what happened for that moment,' Suarez told
Uruguay's Radio Sport 890.

'I do know Man United fans are going to
try to make me feel uncomfortable. But I have to tell them – they are
going to spur me on if they whistle at me.

'I was not depressed at all [during suspension]. I knew what I did and
there is a kind of football law that says “what happens on the pitch,
stays on the pitch and that's the end of the story”.'

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson called for an even tougher crackdown on racism in the wake of the Suarez storm.

Hardest word: Surez refuses to say sorry to Evra

Hardest word: Surez refuses to say sorry to Evra

United defender Rio Ferdinand has also been
dragged into the controversy with John Terry set to stand trial in July
for abusing his brother Anton, and Ferguson said: ‘I don’t
understand at all where it’s coming from.

‘This is a moment where we have to
take stock and we should do something about it if it’s surfacing again,
and be really hard and firm on any form or shape of racism.

‘There have been a couple of examples
recently which is not good. In 2012, you can’t believe it. It was
obvious maybe 20 years ago, and improvements have been there for
everyone to see.’

Back in action: Suarez returned in Monday's goalless draw against Spurs

Back in action: Suarez returned in Monday's goalless draw against Spurs

PFA boss Gordon Taylor remains hopeful that a handshake will take place between Suarez and Evra in order to help ease tensions prior to the match.

'I would hope that would take place, that would be a sign that having gone through the situation that those two players would shake hands and we can move on,' he said.

'If they can accept that having paid that penalty, like Suarez has, that you learn from it and move on. That's the only chance we've got, if we can do that. If you keep things festering it will only exacerbate how the problem was initially, and in that way we will be losing the battle.'

Bill Beaumont aiming to be next Rugby Football Union chairman

Beaumont bids for RFU chairman role after IRB defeat

Bidding: Bill Beaumont hopes to be RFU chairman

Bidding: Bill Beaumont hopes to be RFU chairman

Former England captain Bill Beaumont is bidding to become the next chairman of the Rugby Football Union.

The role is currently held by RFU vice-president Paul Murphy, who was appointed acting chairman in July after former chair Martyn Thomas stood down, following the critical Blackett review.

Beaumont attempted to become the chair of the International Rugby Board in December and just missed out, but the 59-year-old is confident he could succeed in this role.

'I will allow my name to go forward,' he told BBC Radio 4. 'If people within the union feel that I could do a good job, then I think so as well.

'I don’t know if being a former top player qualifies you to be good at administration. But I’d like to think that I’ve got something to offer.'

He added: 'I wouldn’t say that I’m the favourite. There’s no doubt there’ll be a lot of good people who’ll fancy their chances as well.

'It goes to a nominations process and I will allow my name to go forward if people in the union deem that suitable.'

Optimistic: Beaumont is excited about the future of English rugby

Optimistic: Beaumont is excited about the future of English rugby

Beaumont, OBE and CBE, has also captained the British Lions, as well managing their 2005 tour of New Zealand.

He was IRB vice-chairman until last December, when he suffered a double defeat – failing in his application for chairman and losing the vice-chairman position to South African candidate Oregan Hoskins.

But he is enthusiastic about the future of English rugby and thinks introducing young, hungry players is the way forward.

'It’s exciting times,' he said. 'Certainly after the World Cup, I think the squad needed to break up. A lot of experienced players have served England extremely well in the past, but you’ve got to look to the future.

'These are exciting times to move forward. We’ve got a build-up to a World Cup in 2015, which will be absolutely outstanding, but there are a lot of important decisions to be made before that happens.'

Javier Pastore wants bigger club, Chelsea and Arsenal alerted

Chelsea and Arsenal alerted after PSG star Pastore admits he wants bigger club

Arsenal and Chelsea have been put on alert after Paris St Germain”s 35million playmaker Javier Pastore admitted he wants to sign for a bigger club.

The Argentina international was chased by the London duo last summer before electing to join the Ligue 1 outfit from Palermo.

Patore has scored six goals in 15 appearances so far this term, but the 22-year-old has admitted it would be hard to refuse if the advances of a bigger club.

Centre of attention: Pastore admits his dream is to play for a big club

Centre of attention: Pastore admits his dream is to play for a big club

He told Radio Radio: “I train with great conviction in order to realise my dream of playing with a big team.

“If I want a team bigger than PSG to contact me, then it depends on me.”

PSG suffered a double blow on Sunday as they missed the chance to move to the top of the table – and David Beckham wasn”t there to watch them.

Beckham has been strongly linked with a move to the French capital and it was expected that he would attend the 0-0 draw with Lille at the Parc des Princes, but he was not spotted in a packed and expectant crowd.

The result left PSG in second place with 37 points from 18 games, behind Montpellier on goal difference after the leaders drew 1-1 at home with Toulouse on Saturday.

Richard Keys Andy Gray Smash It after dinner services

Smash it! Shamed Keys and Gray promote after-dinner services using infamous quip

The pair stunned football with their sexist jibes and lost their jobs at Sky Sports last January as a result.

But the Andy Gray-Richard Keys double act lives on and the shamed broadcasting duo are plugging their after dinner speaking talents, dubiously named after Keys” infamous catchphrase: “Smash it”.

Talking a good game Keys and Gray are promoting their after dinner speaking services

Talking a good game Keys and Gray are promoting their after dinner speaking services

Presenter Keys was forced to resign as Sky”s lead football anchor at the beginning of the year after unaired footage emerged of him launching a string of offensive comments aimed at women.

It promptly followed the departure of former footballer Gray, who was axed over his sexist rant towards female assistant referee Sian Massey.

The pair were quickly reunited at radio station talkSPORT, where they now host a daily morning programme, but are stepping up their after-dinner and corporate hospitality involvement where they promise to provide a “raucous evening of anecdotes”.

A controversial poster plugging their services emerged on Friday with clients being encouraged to book them for an evening of entertainment.

Funny old game: Keys and Gray now co-host a daily radio show on talkSPORT

Funny old game: Keys and Gray now co-host a daily radio show on talkSPORT

“With 20 years experience working together, Andy Gray and Richard Keys will bring a controversial and funny presence to any event,” the poster reads.

“They have made a name for themselves with their easy banter and outspoken opinions. Now you can book a no-nonsense and raucous evening for yourself.”

If Newport County”s verdict is anything to go by, they”ll have have a busy diary for 2012… “The best entertainment we”ve ever had”. Apparently.