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The Ferguson Influence!!

The Ferguson Influence!!

Alex Ferguson often argues that there are too many bad influences within the football world these days.

Indeed you could see the fury on his face only last week when a Rio planned Xmas party ended in a yoonited youngster finding himself facing rape allegations.

However it is the man's hypocrisy that I wish to focus on; in particular the undue pressure he gets his players to place on match officials in order to get the best outcome for his team.

Dodgy decisions going in yoonited's favour are legendary during the Ferguson years and the pattern of pressuring the officials has continued throughout his tenure.

Indeed so successful has the practice been that the other three members of the 'big four' have copied it for their own benefit.

The downside to this, in this current era, is the wave of ex Ferguson charges who have now become managers in their own right and see little wrong in mimicing the management style of their previous gaffer.

Now Mark Hughes was an odious person when marauding with his fat arse in yoonited's front line back in the days.

His Blackburn team is quite simply a team built in his own, and his masters, image.

When Blackburn, initially and quite correctly, had Santa Cruz's second goal ruled out last night what was the player's response? Acceptance for the official's decision?

Was it hell.

Despite the official being the best placed individual on the pitch to make the call that Dunn was offside and interfering with play, a posse of Blackburn players felt they were better positioned to make that call and challenged the official en masse.

Only after this challenge did a visibly shaken official inform the referee that his call was in fact wrong and Dunn was no longer interferiing with play.

Even more hypocrisy was to follow when Hughes publically praised the official for having the courage to change his decision. This from a manager who has followed his previous employer's trait of publically slating every contentious decision that ever goes against his side.

Last night was not the first night that City have ever had a bad call from a match official, nor will it be the last. What grates however is the manner in which the Rover's players got the decision overturned and their manager's post match comments.

For that we can thank the role model that Mark Hughes has chosen to follow. Step forward Siralegs of Govan. A role model at the forefront of questioning decisions against his side.

Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Friday December 28 2007
Time: 5:30PM

Comments

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Spot on. Just imagine Hughes' and his cloggers reaction had it been the other way around.
Johnny Baguette
28/12/2007 17:54:00
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this offside thing is all rather confusing and needs clarification. the terms active intereferin arent exactly defined peramiters. the decision last night reminded me of a goal liverpool scored against us a few years ago. the ball was played into cisse who moved his foot to the ball, the rovers lads stopped expecting the whistle, cisse realises he wa offside drops his foot doesnt touch the ball which lands in the path of baros who squared for fowler to tap in. at the time it seemed cisse wasnt 'active' as he didnt touch the ball although the pass was intented for him. bit like dunn last night cross into the box attempts to head it doesnt santa scores! is he active cos he went to head the ball, did the linesman flag because he thought dunn had or was going to head the ball thus interfering? who knows all i know is im happy with the point and had the shoe been on the other foot i doubt you boys would be complainin!
durks de rover
28/12/2007 18:59:00
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The complaint really revolves around a lino being pressurised by players to change a decision he had called correctly in the first instance. Dunn was in a position that affects the defending sides decision process once he makes an attempt to play the ball. For an example watch the player running out from an obvious offside position when an aimless ball is hoofed forward. If the attacker leaves it it simply goes to the keeper, however as soon as the attacker running out makes any attempt to move to that ball he is rightly called offside. The law should really be what it used to be .... offside is offside regardless of circumstances. One more thing .... how can anyone be in the six yard box, attempt to head at goal from an offside position and not be interfering with play?
ronin
28/12/2007 19:42:00
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Hughes was an ass when he managed Wales, nothing changed.
RussianHammer
28/12/2007 22:33:00
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if the call had gone your way i am sure you will interprete the law in a different way. blackburn were fortunate they got the decision if it was the reverse you probably would not complain. some calls go against some for you. dont worry everything will even up at the end. another thing his if was mancity that scored that type of the mancity players would have rushed to assistant referee in the manner that blackburn players did.
kaybee
29/12/2007 01:35:00
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I don't think the solution to this glaring problem of player indiscipline and poor rules is to say "some calls go against some for you. dont worry everything will even up at the end " and "mancity players would have rushed to assistant referee in the manner that blackburn players did" This should not be accepted. Right from the top of the English game too many issues are not dealt with and allowed to fester in the same shoulder shrugging way instead of being resolved. I do not accept that this Man City squad has a track record of intimidating officials, either.
Johnny Baguette
29/12/2007 08:33:00
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kaybee....If everything evens itself over a season then we have THREE major decisions coming our way ....I THINK NOT...
alphieblues
29/12/2007 09:39:00
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Do we want to go back to the simple offside is offside?
Buzz Lightyear
29/12/2007 12:24:00
0
I say yes!
Johnny Baguette
29/12/2007 12:57:00
0
We certainly do !!!
alphieblues
29/12/2007 14:02:00
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