Former Swansea City and now Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hits out at ex-Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson over autobiography
FORMER Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has hit out at ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson over some of his comments in his new autobiography.
In a recent press conference the Northern Irishman was harshly critical of Ferguson, saying he was “saddened” by Ferguson’s regular taunting of Liverpool’s fans and players throughout his book, saying it risked affecting Ferguson’s hallowed reputation in the long-term.
Rodgers went on to say he felt he needed to defend the integrity of his players and club, especially after Ferguson had insulted the likes of Kop favourite Steven Gerrard, and the up-and-coming England international Jordan Henderson.
Rodgers replied to Ferguson’s criticisms of Gerrard by saying: “It’s not really credible, he must be the only one in football who doesn’t think he’s a top, top player.”
Rodgers said of the book: “I think every football person would have enjoyed seeing him going out and leaving the legacy he had done. But now people are only going to talk about his comments in the book.”
Ferguson’s book has been responsible for a tumultuous week of controversy in the football world as few were spared cutting remarks from the former Manchester United manager.
Ferguson has thus far been quite candid in his remarks on the likes of former players such as Roy Keane and David Beckham, and current players at other clubs such as Frank Lampard, and former Liverpool manager and fan favourite Rafa Benitez also came under Ferguson’s disapproving gaze.
All of this however might cynically be put down to a well-orchestrated publicity drive.
Nevertheless, Rodgers has almost certainly further increased his standing among the Kop faithful for challenging Fergie.
Having successfully helped Swansea into the Premier League and then kept them there, the highly rated young manager is becoming firmly ensconsed after two seasons at Liverpool and is looking to take them back into title contention.