Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson will be remembered for a lot of things, namely the vast success he enjoyed with the Red Devils and making them into a global superpower, but his infamous hairdryer treatment often caught headlines.
Ferguson, extremely outspoken during his 27-years in charge at Old Trafford, revealed he only used the hairdryer treatment six times during his career- although he admitted that number would have been higher if more players spoke back to him.
Quoted by The Sun, British football’s most successful manager said:
‘There was a lot of myth about it. It happened about half a dozen times in 27 years and the players will tell you that. The problem for me was if a player answered me back, I headed towards them. That was my problem.’
‘Jock Stein always said to me, ‘Leave it until Monday to talk to them,’ but I said I couldn’t wait until Monday. So, on a Saturday after the game, I told them exactly how I felt, because we had trained at a level all week that I expected to win every game.’
‘All the players understood that and it was never held against me. Then the next day it is pushed aside and I’m prepared to win again. I never ruled by fear.’
Guessing the player’s that were unfortunate enough to be subjected to Ferguson’s hairdryer treatment would be a difficult ask, although there’s one incident that sticks in the memory with the Scotsman kicking a boot at David Beckham.
Since Ferguson retired in 2013, three managers have taken the reigns at Old Trafford and have struggled to make their mark, although Louis Van Gaal led the club to their first success in the post-Fergie era last year as he lifted the FA Cup.