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Manchester United Coach Was Given Hairdryer Treatment For Bringing Guest To Training

Ryan Sidle

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Manchester United Coach Was Given Hairdryer Treatment For Bringing Guest To Training

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Sir Alex Ferguson was so determined to keep things tight knit at Old Trafford he once gave a coach a big telling off for bringing a guest to training, despite previously agreeing to it.

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Fergie's hairdryer treatment was as well known as his team's penchant for late late goals, with every player seemingly having their own story about the hairdryer.

However, it's not just the players who were on the receiving end of a telling off from the legendary Scotsman, as one of his best coaches revealed.

Goalkeeper coach Eric Steele has revealed that a guest at training, initially agreed by Fergie, led to the manager giving the United coach a 'nuclear powered' version of the famous treatment.

"Tony Franken, the national goalkeeping coach of Australia, was over. I’d agreed to have dinner on the Thursday night," the former coach told the Athletic.

"Out of courtesy, I went in to see the gaffer. He had the phone to his ear. ‘Steeley, what do you want?’

"‘I have a guest coming in tomorrow, have you any objection?’

"‘Aye, alright. What’s he doing?’

Steele was at United from 2008 until 2013 when Fergie left. Image: PA Images
Steele was at United from 2008 until 2013 when Fergie left. Image: PA Images

"‘See training, chat with me, then eat afterwards.’ Off I went.

"Next morning, Tony Franken turns up. I was doing set plays. Next thing, the gaffer looks over, ‘Who the f***ing hell is that?’ All the lads look straight away.

“‘Gaffer, it’s my guest.’

“‘Shouldn’t be here! Could be a spy!’

“I got the full lashing. Just that split moment. It wasn’t just the hairdryer, it was nuclear-powered. The skin got thicker on the back of my neck.

Fergie taking training. Image: PA Images
Fergie taking training. Image: PA Images

"He’d forgotten. He thought I’d planted a spy. I had to walk over to Tony and say, ‘Tone, if you don’t mind, could you just go to the canteen.’

“I came back and I remember Rio (Ferdinand) and that lot laughing their heads off. The gaffer went, ‘Steeley, carry on with the set plays.’

“Bless him, typical of the manager, at lunch he came over and was as nice as could be. ‘Sorry about that — how long you over for?’”

Fergie recently told Cristiano Ronaldo that he sees the United forward as a future coach, and you can imagine the 36-year-old being just as demanding a manager as his former boss.

Topics: Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, Premier League

Ryan Sidle
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