Former News of the World and Daily Mirror editor turned obnoxious waste-of-oxygen, Piers Morgan, used his Daily Mail column to demand Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement this week. Predicting the imminent demise of the Scot’s “empire,” self-confessed Arsenal supporter Morgan treads a very well-worn path in his particularly vitriolic piece.
Laughably, with United just a point behind Chelsea in the Premier League title race, Morgan claims credit for predicting Ferguson’s demise a year ago. He probably did so every year for the last 23 years such are the Nostradamus-esque qualities of Morgan’s crystal ball.
“To my surprise, United rallied after that and won the Premier League,” writes Morgan’s poison pen.
“But this was almost entirely down to the brilliance of one man, Cristiano Ronaldo. Aided and abetted by the almost as brilliant Carlos Tevez.
“Since then, Wayne Rooney has stepped into the breach and single-handedly kept United from falling into ignominious disarray. Without his 34 goals, Old Trafford would have been in mutiny by now.”
“His fantastic displays have only served to hide the rotting decay in Sir Alex’s lair.”
The blame, according to Morgan, lies solely with Ferguson for letting Ronaldo go “at his absolute peak” and refusing to pay a fee for Tevez that “now looks dirt cheap” given the goals the Argentinian has scored.
Strange then that there is no mention of Ronaldo’s long-term desire to leave for Madrid, a deal in which Ferguson turned a huge profit after polishing the Portuguese winger’s rough diamond.
Nor of the £47 million fee Manchester City paid for Tevez’ 22 goals this season or the £170,000 a week in wages commanded by the Argentinian.
Racist insider-trader Morgan, fired by the Mirror for dedicating the paper’s front to obviously faked photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse, claims only Jose Mourinho can save Ferguson’s empire.
Strange then that Morgan should have previously labelled the Portuguese manager “self-obsessed, childish, swaggering, insolent, preening [and an] irritating prima donna.”
Some might say it takes one to know one, Piers.
Worse still Morgan, the “smarmy, arrogant and self-satisfied” broadcaster, refuses to hear a bad word spoken of his beloved Arsène Wenger.
While the French manager has won nothing for five years Ferguson’s “crumbling empire” has added three Premier League titles, three Carling Cups and the Champions League to the bulging United trophy cabinet in that time.
If that’s rotting decay, Piers, we’ll have some more of it thanks.