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We weren"t involved in doping, says former Liverpool star Sander Westerveld

EXCLUSIVE: We weren't involved in doping, says former Liverpool star Westerveld

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

00:56 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

00:56 GMT, 10 February 2013

Former Liverpool star Sander Westerveld, who played for the top Spanish team now at the centre of doping allegations, has denied using any banned substances during his four years at Real Sociedad.

But the 38-year-old former Holland goalkeeper claimed that 'spaghetti and steak was not enough' to cope with the rigours of European football and he admitted taking permitted supplements.

Denial: Sander Westerveld has denied using any banned substances

Denial: Sander Westerveld has denied using any banned substances

Real Sociedad were plunged into controversy last week when a former president, Inaki Badiola, made allegations of a relationship between the club and 'doping doctor' Eufemiano Fuentes, currently on trial in Spain for breaking public health laws.

Fuentes is alleged to have overseen the doping of hundreds of sportsmen, most notably cyclists. He has also admitted working with unnamed footballers, boxers, tennis players and athletes.

Westerveld, who was at Anfield from 1999-2001 before joining Real Sociedad, where he played until 2005, claimed that permitted intravenous injections were given to aid players' recovery times after matches as a matter of course.

'It all depended on the fixtures and the amount of games you were playing,' said Westerveld.

'There is a lot of legal help you can get. It was routine but not every week. With Champions League football you sometimes had four games in 10 days and needed some extra help.

'You can't do that with only spaghetti and steaks – you need some vitamin injections and then, when the winter kicks in, you need a flu injection and maybe you have a blood test which shows you are lacking iron and you will have an iron injection.'

Westerveld said he is shocked by Badiola's claims that illegal drugs might have been used at the club.

'I will not put my hands into the fire and say doping didn't happen at Real Sociedad but I did not take anything illegal and I would be absolutely shocked if there was any truth to it,' he said.

'I was never given pills without being asked or knowing what they were. Every time you could see what it is. The only pills I took were caffeine, it was just like drinking cups of coffee and Red Bull. I had injections but only for vitamins to assist in recuperation.'

Sir Alex Ferguson installed tanning booths at Manchester United

Ferguson installed tanning booths so United players could top up their Vitamin D levels

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09:38 GMT, 19 December 2012

Read the full Fergie study…

You can purchase the Sir Alex Ferguson case study from Harvard Business School HERE

At a successful club like Manchester United, no stone is left unturned in preparing the players for action – and that even includes their sun tan.

A fascinating study into the methods of manager Sir Alex Ferguson by academics at the Harvard Business School in Boston has revealed that United had a Vitamin D machine installed for compensate for Manchester's lack of natural sunlight.

Ferguson also gave players staggered one-week breaks during the winter months so they could replenish their Vitamin D.

Sunshine indoors: Manchester United had a Vitamin D tanning booth installed in the dressing room at their Carrington training ground (below) so the squad could counterbalance the lack of sunlight in Manchester

Sunshine indoors: Manchester United had a Vitamin D tanning booth installed in the dressing room at their Carrington training ground (below) so the squad could counterbalance the lack of sunlight in Manchester

Manchester United's Carrington Training Complex

The study, entitled 'Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United', said the tanning booth was installed in the players' dressing room at their Carrington training ground.

It says: 'He [Ferguson] could talk enthusiastically about the new Vitamin D machine (which perhaps most resembled a tanning booth) in the players' dressing room at Carrington, put there to help them counterbalance the lack of sunlight in Manchester, or his plan for the new season to give players staggered one-week breaks in the winter months to replenish their Vitamin D.'

The tanning booth is one of many secrets revealed by Ferguson in the Harvard study, by Anita Elberse and Tom Dye, including that he doesn't use his notorious hairdryer technique as often as he used to.

Study: The front page of the Harvard Business School thesis

Study: The front page of the Harvard Business School thesis

Insight: The study, by Harvard Business School academics, offers a fascinating in-depth look at the methods of Sir Alex Ferguson

Insight: The study, by Harvard Business School academics, offers a fascinating in-depth look at the methods of Sir Alex Ferguson

It also covers how he prepares his team, the way he conducts his team-talks and how he changes a game's direction at half-time.

Staff at the club have spoken of the specially-modified tanning booth in the changing rooms, which is used about three times a week by each player to top up their Vitamin D levels.

It is likely to be a large Vitamin D lamp, which emits ultraviolet rays to trigger the formation of Vitamin D. It helps bone strength and stimulates feel-good brain chemicals such as serotonin.

The lamps are used to treat people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

WITH 140 DAYS OF RAIN A YEAR, IT'S LITTLE WONDER FERGIE WANTED TO BRING IN A BIT OF SUNSHINE

Manchester has a reputation as being one of the wettest places in the UK, so it's little wonder Sir Alex Ferguson had a tanning booth installed so the players could top up their Vitamin D levels.

The city has an average annual rainfall of 806.6 millimetres (31.76 inches) and 140 days of rain each year, though both are actually below the national average.

Former United players Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez complained about the cold and rainy Manchester climate, but while the former went to sunnier Spain, the latter moved across the road to City.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United boss reveals secrets of his success

Revealed: The Fergie blueprint – Man United boss reveals secrets of his success to Harvard academics

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 19 December 2012

Read the full Fergie study

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Sir Alex Ferguson case study from Harvard Business School HERE

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed for the first time the secrets of how he became the most successful manager in British football history.

The Manchester United manager opened up and provided a fascinating insight into his 26-year career at Old Trafford.

Ferguson, who will be 71
on New Year’s Eve, collaborated with academics at the prestigious
Harvard Business School in Boston studying his management style.

Team talk: Sir Alex Ferguson at the Harvard Business School

Team talk: Sir Alex Ferguson at the Harvard Business School

Famous fury: Sir Alex Ferguson says he is much calmer these days

Famous fury – but there's a softer side: Sir Alex Ferguson says he is much calmer these days

The Fergie files: The key links
I want to pass on my expertise to the next generation of bosses, explains Fergie on decision to reveal all to Harvard professorsFergie in full: Tenor for a team talk, moving on from losing the title and why he's too Scottish to be like Mourinho – what the United boss told Harvard UniversityFerguson installed tanning booths so United players could top up their Vitamin D levels

He wanted to pass on his blueprint for managing one of the biggest sport clubs in the world and a global brand.

The ultimate decision maker, chief executive David Gill summed it up when he said: 'Steve Jobs was Apple. Sir Alex Ferguson is Manchester United.'

The in-depth study by Professor Anita Elberse and
Tom Dye – titled Sir Alex Ferguson: Managing Manchester United – reveals his blueprint for planning the season, match-day rituals, the
players he targets, keeping control of the dressing room and the
mistakes he made.

The study also shows how he prepares his team, the way he conducts his team-talks and
how he changes a game's direction at half-time.

Ferguson said: ‘I like to tell different stories, and
use my imagination. But generally, it is about our expectations, their
belief in themselves, and their trust in each other.

'I remember going to
see Andrea Bocelli, the opera singer. I had never been to a classical
concert in my life. But I am watching this and thinking about the
coordination and the teamwork, one starts and one stops, just fantastic.'

Ferguson also spoke about his ruthless streak in dealing with players.

He said: ‘We fine them, but we keep
it indoors. You can’t ever lose control — not when you are dealing with
thirty top professionals who are all millionaires. And if anyone steps
out of my control, that’s them dead.’

Driven: Ferguson's will to win is legendary (above) but he has fostered a softer side (below)

Driven: Sir Alex's will to win is legendary, above, but he also has a softer side, below

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United

But the Scot admitted he had been forced to change his approach during his time at Old Trafford,

‘Players these days have lived more sheltered lives, so they are much more fragile now than 25 years ago,' he said.

‘I was very aggressive all those years ago. I am passionate and want to win all the time. But today I’m more mellow.

'And I can better handle those more fragile players now. There’s all this hype about hairdryers and anger and so on.

'You can't always come in shouting and screaming. That doesn't work.

'But
there’s another side to it, which is more in terms of how I have
fostered relations with people and developed the team over the years.

Video: How Bocelli inspired Fergie

'For
a player – and for any human being – there's nothing better than
hearing 'well done'. Those are the two best words ever invented in
sports.'

Ferguson admitted he was on a mission after losing the Premier League title to Manchester City last season

He said: ‘Another day in the history of Manchester United, that’s all it was. It created the drama that only United can produce. Who would have thought that Blackburn, being bottom of the league, would beat us 3-2 at Old Trafford Or that Everton would draw with us when we were up 4-2 with seven minutes to go'

He knew the dynamic of the ‘Manchester derby’ had intensified, however, and that this latest challenge could not have hit any closer to home.

He added: 'I’ve still got a wee bit of anger in me, thinking of how we threw the league away last season. My motivation to the players will be that we can’t let City beat us twice in a row.'

ferguson harvard study

Ferguson also visited Harvard to take a class on management.

He
told the official college newspaper Harvard Gazette: 'When you're
approached by an institution like Harvard, you know you are dealing with
top quality.

'I had to consider that I was opening myself up to something I've never done before.

'But
at this stage of my life, I felt that I'm helping young people progress
through their own routes to management, then ultimately that was an
important and compelling factor for me.

'The
part of the discussion from which I learned the most about myself was
when they were discussing the balance between 'fear' and 'love' in my
approach to managing people.

Challenge: Ferguson had had to change his approach over the years

Challenge: Sir Alex Ferguson has had to change his approach over the years

'If you look at my history, there's all this hype about hair-dryers and anger and so on.

'But the students acknowledged another side to it, which is more apt in terms of how I've fostered relations with people and developed the team over the years.'

Ferguson also gave an impromptu pep talk to the college's American football team.

Head coach Carl Junot said: 'They were expecting me to come in and given them the practice plan and in walks Alex Ferguson. They were blown away.'