Last week Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson blasted the Premier League for going public with their plan of staging “international Premiership matches” with consulting the club managers and he has carried on the sway in the South African city of Johannesburg too.
Fergie is busy publicising a pre-season Man United tour of the southern African nation and had this to say about the 39th game and its reception by the football lovers in England:
This gem of an idea that burst into the newspapers on Friday just prior to my press conference took me by surprise. All clubs should be able to discuss an idea before any kind of decision is taken. The idea of the 39th game is not getting any support, in England, at the moment.
Which is another way of saying that he himself doesn’t support the idea. But didn’t the Premier League tell us that all the 20 Premiership clubs had unanimously accepted the decision? Kind of weird.