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Sir Alex

Alex Ferguson is amazing. He deserves his knighthood. Like everyone else, I doubted him at the beginning of the season. The team was shambles, without coherence or cohesion. I figured it was time for Roy Keane to step in (big laugh that). What I didn’t understand, but appreciate now, is that Sir Alex is very patient as a manager (well, up to a point). He understands that players and whole teams lose form and that it takes time to find it again. His confidence in himself and his players allows this to happen. It’s what greatness is, I think—this very accurate sense of what you can accomplish as a person and the patience and fortitude to see it through.