Posted by: twobigyellowcranes | 21 January 08

Act like a Knight of the Realm


I’m a big Manchester United fan. The reasons for this are many and I may go into them later – at this point, suffice it to say that when I was growing up (the ’80’s) Liverp**l were winning trophies for fun and not United. I am many things, but not a glory hunter and I’ll support United for the rest of my life.

That said, I’m not anyway near as big a fan as I used to be. I still go occasionally (but now only once or twice a season because of international trips following Norn Iron), I still listen to Five Live, I still watch Match of the Day (but only really if United played on the Saturday). However, I used to take it all far too seriously – if United lost, it would spoil most of my weekend. Thankfully, I’ve grown out of that a bit and now only losing to Liverp**l would really get me down.

One man who needs to grow up a bit and stop taking it all too seriously is the one and only Sir Alex Ferguson. Let me qualify that. One, the man is a legend and arguably the greatest club manager of all time. Two, it is his job as well as his passion and he should take it a lot more seriously than I do. Three, whatever age he is, I still wouldn’t tell him to calm down to his face.

What I mean is that the man is a Knight of the Realm. I think that is fully deserved, but I do tend to agree with people who say that this honour should only have been bestowed upon him after he finished in club management. If you disagree, then have a look at the gestures he was making to Reading fans when United won on Saturday.

He is not alone in reacting badly in the heat of the moment – something I have done myself on many occasions. I feel for football managers who have undoubtedly high pressure jobs where success depends not just on them, but on players and officials that they cannot influence once they cross the white line. And there are television cameras trained on them to read as much as possible into every reaction. Its inevitable that these cameras will catch them at their worst. But if so, what would be the cost of holding up your hands and apologising after you react badly? Maybe a touchline ban and a fairly small fine? When the alternative is sending your own players never mind young fans the message that losing your temper and reacting however you want is in order, then I think that that is a small price to pay.

I’m not sure that Sir Alex sees it that way though. Oh well, never mind. I’m coming dangerously close to agreeing with England’s own Alan Green if I continue in this vein and that is a better reason for any other than stopping this post right now.



  1. “England’s own Alan Green” – I love it

  2. Welcome!!!!

    And wow – 3 posts in 3 days -I told you it would suck you in!

    Love the name although I think Ed might suggest that your subtitle could sound like you spend a lot of time hanging around at the docks! 😉

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