Ferguson puts demand for instant results down to change in society

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the change in football fan culture has increased the demand for instant results from managers. The Scotsman has been in charge at Old Trafford for 25 years and has seen his fair share of managerial sackings and controversies.

This season, the Premier League has seen the dismissal of Steve Bruce from Sunderland and Neil Warnock from QPR at the halfway point of the season. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has also faced speculation over his job at Stamford Bridge, despite the Blues sitting comfortably in the top six. Ferguson acknowledges that if results are not going correctly, managers will face the sack, but the United boss believes there is much more pressure. The United boss was legendarily on the verge of losing his job at Old Trafford before a FA Cup victory away at Nottingham Forest saved his career and helped bring the dominance that United have held over English football.

Ferguson said: ‘There is more profile towards manager’s performance; particularly with headlines in the newspapers and stupid carry on like images of turnips on top of their heads that the press involve themselves in. I think it is more intense today than it has ever been and I think that is a lot to do with the change in the culture of human beings and the society we are in nowadays.’

The United boss referred to a picture from the 1960’s where Leeds United and Manchester United players are involved in a brawl in the middle of the field. The noticeable feature is the lack of crowd involvement and the coolness of the spectators, as opposed to what the crowd would be like if the same thing happened today.

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