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Bobby McMahon

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Raves and Rants – Looking Back On Transfer Deadline Day And Fergie’s Timepiece

Written by on February 7, 2011 | 4 Comments »
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Added Time

When the Great Referee-in-the-Sky blows for time on Sir Alex Ferguson he can be sure that Fergie will arrive at the Pearly Gates pointing at his watch claiming that he is due two extra  minutes.

With a quarter of the game against Wolves still to go he was pointing to his trusty timepiece.

I don’t know if any watch manufacturer has ever used SAF as part of a marketing campaign but if it hasn’t happened one surely should.

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Chelsea’s Chief Executive Ron Gourlay was quoted thus “The reduction in operating losses and increased sales in 2009/10 shows that we are moving in the right direction.

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Ian Darke set it up nicely but when he threw it to Steve McManaman, McManaman contribution was limited to “he was just a wee fella, wasn’t he?” (In an era when almost all players were less than 6 ft Sir Stan was not considered a “wee fella”)

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4 responses to “Raves and Rants – Looking Back On Transfer Deadline Day And Fergie’s Timepiece”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    The creepy looking Jean-Claude Biver strapped his Hublot on Fergie’s wrist a few years ago and he’s been keeping time on it ever since.

    As for McManaman, I’ll never forget his “genius analysis” on ESPN during the WC. The dolt arrogantly advised Lalas not to worry about the US not progressing through the gruop stages because England would more or less comfortably defeat both Algeria and Slovenia which would ensure both USA’s and England’s progression….. you know the rest.

  2. Fab4 says:

    McManaman has always struck me as a person who is so used to sliding by on personal charm that he doesn’t feel the need to take his professional duties seriously. He’s the soccer world’s Charles Barkley (for any NBA fans out there).

  3. J says:

    Not Charles Barkley. HR Pufnstuf.

  4. Soccerlogical says:

    Bobby – I think you are slightly harsh on K Doyle.

    Besides his awesome work rate and ability to hold the ball… the Irishman is a very athletic, great header and great finisher. It’s not his fault that McCartney is a defensive minded manager and Hunt has been injured. Put Doyle up front at an Everton with Saha or the likes of a Tottenham or Villa and you will see the lad’s full force in effect.

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