Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson will go down as one of the most successful managers in the history of football and while he is admired across the world he also had a reputation for having a fiery temper.
Ferguson was renowned for giving players the ‘hairdryer’ treatment which involved getting up close and personal to a player that had made a mistake or angered him during the half-time interval or at full-time and shout in their face.
Wayne Rooney said in his book My Decade, quoted by the Daily Mail [via the Daily Mirror]: ‘There’s nothing worse than getting the “hairdryer” from Sir Alex.
“When it happens, the manager stands in the middle of the room and loses it at me. He gets right up in my face and shouts.
“It feels like I’ve put my head in front of a BaByliss Turbo Power 2200. It’s horrible.”
Ferguson did however, reveal that he only ever used the hairdryer treatment six times in his entire 27 years at United.
The former United boss was this week invited to speak to the World Business Forum in Milan where he spoke about the hairdryer treatment.
“There was a lot of myth about it. It happened about half a dozen times in 27 years and the players will tell you that,” he was quoted as saying by the Sun.
Ferguson revealed that he did not manage through fear and that the players respected him for his honest approach.
“All the players understood that and it was never held against me. Then the next day it is pushed aside and I’m prepared to win again,” he added.
“I never ruled by fear.”