5 reasons why you would hate Fergie as your office manager


On Sunday, Old Trafford bade farewell to Sir Alex Ferguson, the charismatic Scotsman who has managed Manchester United for 26 years. This was the man who led United to 13 Premier League titles, 2 Champions League trophies and 5 FA Cups. The most successful manager in British football history.

Now picture the scene. You’re sat in the office on Monday morning awaiting the arrival of your new boss. In walks Fergie (the Fergie of 15 years ago, infamous for his ‘hairdryer’ treatment). Here’s five reasons why that would be rubbish.

Living In Fear

If the stories are true, being at the brunt of the ‘hairdryer treatment’ is one of the most fearsome things in football. Named by Mark Hughes, the ‘hairdryer treatment’ is the act of Ferguson screaming in your face when he’s not pleased with your performance on the pitch. Now imagine this when you fall behind deadline with that latest report. Two words would describe working in an office under Fergie: perpetual fear.

Frozen Out

As detailed above, if things aren’t going his way Sir Alex isn’t afraid of letting you know about it. Just look at Dimitar Berbatov. Despite continuously scoring when he played, Berbatov was told he was “useless” (apparently) and eventually frozen out of the team as he didn’t fit in with Fergie’s plans. The office equivalent? Banished to the stationary cupboard despite doing your job.

Communication Problems

Ferguson famously stopped talking to the BBC for seven years after the channel broadcast a documentary making allegations against his son. If Fergie held a grudge against a major firm in your industry it wouldn’t be good for business and you may find yourself without an employer.

You’d Never Get Home

Ah yes, Fergie time. The long held belief that if United weren’t winning a game, the referee would add a chunk of stoppage time on at the end for them to grab a winner. Transfer Fergie time to the office and what would happen? You can’t leave work until he’s satisfied. And when you do get home…

The Work Never Stops

Sir Alex Ferguson once turned up at Lee Sharpe’s house (rumour has it he knocked on a few doors before he found the right house) to break up a party that was in full swing. The office example: you can’t even relax at the end of a tough week.

Great football manager, terrible office manager. Or do you disagree? Would Fergie also make a great office manager? Let us know in the comments section below.

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2 thoughts on “5 reasons why you would hate Fergie as your office manager

  1. Martin

    I once worked for a project director who insisted on starting every day with an 7.30am briefing and finishing with a 6pm update. He would not let people go early on a Friday to catch a plane home to Scotland so they often missed the last flight and had to stay in hotels over the weekend or take an overnight train, at their own cost. He reduced women and men to tears in meetings and people just walked out of the job and had no further work through that particular contract agency. Guess what? He came from a professional football background…

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