Sir Alex's trusted PA Lyn Laffin has been alongside the manager for the last quarter of a century, and she says she couldn't ask for a better boss...
What were your first impressions of Sir Alex?
I still remember the day he arrived. Norman Davies [former kit man] came into the office and said we were getting this guy from Scotland who was reported to be a bit of a fiery character who had a real reputation. Joy and Norman had seen so many managers come and go it kind of went over their heads, whereas I was thinking ‘oh god!’ I remember hearing him and Archie coming up the stairs singing at the top of their voices and I thought he doesn’t sound that bad to me. He came in and introduced himself to everyone and seemed very relaxed – he was nothing like we’d been led to believe. He was like a breath of fresh air. He knew we had a job to do though; he’d been brought in to make sure we won the league and by hook or by crook he was going to make sure we did.
How would you describe him as a boss?
He really is a great boss. He’s very generous with his time and he cares about people. That’s a side of him which I don’t think many people see. He’s wonderful with old people, the sick kids who visit Carrington and the younger players that need guidance and advice. He treats everyone at the club as part of his family. He always says ‘we’re a family and we need to look after each other.’ Two of his long-term scouts passed away recently which was really sad – they were people that had been with him from the beginning. He took it very much to heart because they were people that have been loyal to the club and loyal to him. He just cares about people.
Does he still enjoy singing in the office?
[Laughs] He is always singing! He starts his morning singing. A lot of us don’t usually hear it though because he’s in his office at 7am and the rest of us don’t get in until 8.30/9am. I think he even drives through the gates singing. He thinks he’s a good singer too!