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Sir Alex Needs To Learn a Lot From Sir Bobby's Example

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Sir Alex Needs To Learn a Lot From Sir Bobby's Example
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I have deliberately waited a few days to write this as I wanted to really consider my words, and make a point that could be thought of as petty or deliberately hurtful. That is not my intention.

I, like most people who follow football had a soft spot for Sir Bobby Robson and likewise have a not-so-soft spot for Sir Alex Ferguson.

When I heard the news that Sir Bobby had passed away I was deeply saddened, it felt personal...almost as if a family member had died.

When Sir Alex dies, I don't expect a similar feeling of loss. 

When Sir Alex dies, I will mourn the death of the greatest manager ever, possibly there will ever be. But I won't feel the same personal connection.

As I have read through the obit's for Sir Bobby, one thing that became crystal clear is the complete and utter lack of anything negative about the man as player, manager or person.

The way he dealt with the infamous Maradona 'Hand of God' was in the manner of a gentleman, he simply referred to it as the 'hand of a rascal'.

When you consider that such a moment of cheating struck at the heart of Sir Bobby's values and ethics, he showed what a man of character and quality he was.

Imagine now what the obits for Sir Alex will look like. 

They will talk about the brilliant work he has done, the undeniably huge impact he has had turning Manchester United into England's most successful club team.

But there will also be a stripe of contentiousness running though his life.

He has upset many and been upset by many people.

He refuses to talk to the BBC, something which would mean that any other manager would be censured by the Premier League because of a programme that included commentary on his son's activities.

How many people have been robbed of hearing what he has to say because they don't have access to Sky TV?

As long as Sir Alex gets his way, does he care?

He is apparently a master of 'mind games,' but that isn't true, he is simply arrogant enough to think that what he says is law. He feels he is correct and that the world needs to listen to Sir Alex.

Sir Alex is an egotist, he has little or no humility, and that is where he should learn from Sir Bobby.

When a man's life is weighed and measured, it is better to have been loved that feared, it is better to have spoken quietly and your words be remembered than shouted and ignored.

Sir Alex has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of English football, but he has stuck at United too long...he never tried his hand outside of the UK.

Sir Bobby is remembered as a great manager in many parts of the world. 

But he is also loved in every part of the world in which he has worked.

It is for that reason that of the two managers, Sir Alex is likely just the better, but as men Sir Bobby is streets ahead of Sir Alex.

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