Gabby Logan eulogizes Sir Alex Ferguson in this article in The Times, drawing our attention to the fact that the Scot has, over the years, transformed himself into an elderly statesman of the English Premier League, a voice of reason that the footballing fraternity would miss once he eventually chooses to retire.
In his 22 years in charge of United, Ferguson has evolved into the elder statesman of the top flight; a kind of self-appointed union leader, or, for the more romantic among us, a Gandalf figure, willing to stick his head above the parapet and say when all is not well in the world (or Middle-earth).
Time and reputation have earned him that right and his inherent sense of right and wrong makes him a natural in the role. You get the feeling that, even as a little boy, Ferguson knew what he stood for. In acknowledging that he and Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, have had great support from their chairmen and boards, the Scot was taking a swipe at the running of Liverpool and not at the fans, players or manager. I imagine it will win him some friends at Anfield, temporarily at least.
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