WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

10/02/2009 09:16

Papers: Scolari surprise

Sir Alex bemoans lack of patience
Sir Alex Ferguson claims the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari shows that the job of managing a big club is more demanding than ever. The Manchester United boss, who has been at the Old Trafford helm for 22 years, admitted: "I am really surprised. It is a shock so soon - he only took the job seven months ago. He is a man of great experience - he took Brazil to World Cup winners, and was the obvious choice to replace Avram Grant. It is a sign of the times. There is absolutely no patience in the world now. There was great expectation at Chelsea that they were going to do well this year, and it is only this last month they have had a bad spell. The judgment really is only on the last month."
Daily Mirror

These quotes from Sir Alex were published first on ManUtd.com last night, following his live appearance on MUTV.

Although most of the sports pages are devoted to Monday's managerial casualties - not only Scolari but also Tony Adams at Portsmouth - there is still room for United.

The SunDaily Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Mirror all run similar stories from Edwin van der Sar's post-match comments on Sunday, when the goalkeeper claimed teams are currently scared to play against the Reds.

The Sun also has an article in which the United boss backs Ryan Giggs to become a 'sir' - the following quote coming from Inside United magazine's 200th edition, now on sale.

"Consider how the English rugby team, when they won three or four matches to win the World Cup, were given knighthoods and MBEs. Giggs has performed like a star for 20 years. Longevity must surely surpass short-term success."

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