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How A Soft Drink Caused A Rift Between Sir Alex Ferguson And Alex McLeish

How A Soft Drink Caused A Rift Between Sir Alex Ferguson And Alex McLeish

Scottish managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Alex McLeish once fell out for five months because of a soft drink.

McLeish, the Scotland national team manager, has recounted a time when he drank a glass of coke with ice in it and the beverage rendered him poorly. This resulted in a huge fallout with Man United legend and former boss Ferguson.

"I played in the first game against Denmark and then took ill after drinking some ice in my Coca-Cola," McLeish said to the Daily Record.

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"Alex Ferguson did a fitness test for the Germany game and I had some breathlessness. It was on the morning of the game and I was absolutely gasping, and I said, 'No boss, there's no way I can play tonight'.

"My legs were heavy, I'd been sick the night before and I just couldn't get from cone to cone in the fitness test in a time that would render me fit to play the game.

Ferguson
Ferguson

"I really was floored. I watched the match in my bed that night. I jumped out of it when Gordon Strachan scored the opener only for the Germans to go on and dismantle us. The Coca-Cola was the culprit. Maybe it was from their tap water to make the ice.

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"Their bellies are used to it, ours aren't. We have obviously told the players here to avoid ice.

"Fergie didn't select me for the Uruguay game when I was fit again. He said he didn't think Davie Narey had done anything wrong against the Germans which I wasn't too chuffed with.

"I fell out with the boss and on the way back home I kinda gave him the cold shoulder - five months later he left for Manchester United anyway.

And it went pretty well for Ferguson at Man United. Just the 38 trophies won during his time there.

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Ferguson
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McLeish is trying to get his Scotland side up to scratch, after they were beaten 1-0 by Mexico, a goal from Giovani dos Santos sealing their fate.

Ferguson, meantime, is recovering from a brain haemorrhage, having just left hospital after been taken ill.

Topics: Football News, Football, Man United, Scotland

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Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.