Old Trafford boss exacts some revenge.
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Sir Alex Ferguson has reacted to the sacking of his son Darren by Preston North End by recalling two of the Manchester United players who had been on loan at the club and starting a potential legal battle to make sure a third cannot play for them again.
Preston began their search for a new manager yesterday, with the club’s chairman, Maurice Lindsay, praising Ferguson Jr for the “very dignified” manner in which he had accepted the news, but the United manager has reacted swiftly.
Ferguson has recalled the defender Ritchie de Laet and the striker Joshua King and has also made it clear he wants Matty James to return to Old Trafford. Both deals were not due to expire until after the Bank Holiday double-header against Derby County and Crystal Palace.
“This has come as a shock to us and a bit of a blow,” the Preston chairman, Maurice Lindsay, said today. “Ritchie de Laet and Joshua King won’t be available for Saturday’s game [against Derby] because we got a message from Manchester United this morning to inform us that they had been summoned back immediately and, under the terms of the agreement, they can do that.
“It’s a big blow for us. These are two players, young and enthusiastic, who seemed to be enjoying it at Preston, so to be told by their parent club that they can’t play for us again really is sad indeed.”
Darren Ferguson had won only 13 out of 49 games but his father is close friends with Preston’s majority shareholder, Trevor Hemmings, through their shared love of horse racing, and is said by insiders at Old Trafford to be “furious” about the sacking. (Guardian)
Preston must have seen this coming, no? Maybe they should’ve ignored the phonecalls and the faxes and pretended they were unaware of the Manchester United boss’s demands? The Deepdale club had previously had a pretty cushy deal in relation to loaning players from Old Trafford but that is all history now and this is what happens when you sack Sir Alex Ferguson’s son.
I can kind of see both sides of this story. There will be some who say that Darren Ferguson is a good young manager who had only been in his Preston post 11 months and those who will say that the Championship side had no other choice given that the club are bottom of the table and five points from safety.
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