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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.

January 16, 2009   Comments Off on Sir Alex

Roy Keane

I know it’s never done. You just don’t walk away from a commitment. You’re supposed to stay until someone puts a hook around your neck and yanks you off stage. You’re supposed to fail like a man. After all, he bought these players. If he can’t motivate them, it’s his fault. Naturally, the press crucified him, as Tony Cascarino did recently, when he said that Keane was an anti-social coward who would never coach again. Maybe Tony shouldn’t talk, since he was the guy who loved gambling, was crippled by self-doubt, and loved the women. I don’t understand Roy Keane, but I do know a man should have the right to walk away from an impossible situation. There is no obligation to go down with the ship, especially if it’s a football team and his own fans are bollocking him from the stands. An Irishman will take abuse for only so long. But no matter. I’ll wager the last chapter has not been written in Keano’s life. He’s too grand and important for that.

December 9, 2008   Comments Off on Roy Keane