| Take That’s Howard Donald show support to children with fatal illness
Golf superstar Rory McIlroy and Take That’s Howard Donald have thrown
their support to a brother and sister with a fatal disease.
growing list of sports stars and celebrities (Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, Arsenal and England footballer
Danny Wellbeck, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan,
Newcastle Eagles Basketball team, popstar Olly Murs, DJ James Zabiela, John Bishop, Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas, Downton
Abbey’s Lesley Nicol, comedian Les Dennis and Adam Smith from Soccer AM) are backing Ollie Carroll, four, and his
little sister Amelia, two, who have been diagnosed with Late Infantile
Batten Disease, a degenerative condition with no cure. Both children will lose their speech, mobility and eyesight as they get older, and are unlikely to survive past the age of 12. Their parents Lucy and Mike Carroll, from Poynton, have started a
campaign, Ollie’s Army, to raise money into research and to raise
awareness of the devastating disease. The campaign is also about funding research into the disease and
funding specialist equipment for Ollie and Amelia as their health fails.
Ollie’s Army wrist bands are being snapped up by supporters and fundraising events have taken place all over the world.
The title explains a lot about the person discussed. Retired
almost 2 years ago, Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably the best manager in the
history of the Premier League. Maybe Liverpool fans will disagree and say Bob
Paisley is the greatest, but nevertheless, even the biggest Manchester United
hater will admit SAF is a coaching legend. 27 years managing Manchester United
and what a wonderful 27 they were. Although his first years weren’t very
successful, but when put under the board’s pressure, Ferguson excelled and overachieved.
He then went on to achieve more than what was asked of him because he was a
footballer, and he knows, fulfilling the board’s expectations doesn’t
necessarily mean success. SAF, is missed a lot nowadays. Pundits agree about
his marvelous football genius. Only a minority wants to fire shots of hatred
and mark him as a normal manager/coach.
So regardless of what people may say, these are his numbers;
13 Premier League titles, 5 FA cups, 2 Champions Leagues and numerous
individual and team awards are the highlight of his career. He was not only a
manager, but also a father to many players. He was able to create amazement
around the number 7 jersey, only to bump head-first into Valencia. The likes of
Cantona, Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo all wore that jersey. SAF was able to
unite the fans of football with the club. There was also so much controversy
between him and Liverpool, the FA and many referees in which he was fined or
banned for a few matches, but SAF always found a way to gain the hearts of the
media. Manchester United were not a small club when SAF took over them, but he
made sure that he took them to become one of the elites in Europe. Under SAF,
Manchester United became the number one football brand in the world for almost
10 years before Real Madrid stepped back in. He was an overall success because
of his titles and his management. He also had an eye for young talent. When
Cristiano was rejected by Juventus, SAF took him to England and raised him up. Helped
by the fact that Cristiano is a tireless work, he created a player that will go
down in the history books as one of the greats. In 27 years SAF was only able
to secure two Champions League titles, with one highlighted by the dramatic “Ferguson
time” win over Bayern Munchen. SAF is a great coach whether you like it or not,
he is even a better manager, but what are the reasons of only two triumphs in
They tell you, playing the
blame game is the first step to being a failure. But we can blame the English
FA for a lot of the slumps of the Premier League in Europe. The second cup, the
crowded schedule and the high-wage bills are all key components of Premier
League’s failure overall. SAF was part of that league for 27 years, and
although he used to approach one of the cups with the substitutes and reserves,
that wasn’t good enough to make him better in Europe. SAF shares responsibility
here for the club’s mishaps in Europe because he was not able to balance between
the importances of the competitions. He was unable to figure that in Europe you
can’t approach games like you approach them against Stoke.
SAF as a manager handled
the acquiring and selling of multiple talents. His latest mistake was letting
Pogba go on free-agent the season before he retired. This also affected him
when he played continental competitions. The sort of players one needs to
attract for Europe, are not the same players you attract for the English game.
A game were most of the play is down the flanks and there’s a lot of
randomness. SAF understood that, and he forged Carrick into a regista. A
player with the sense of Xabi Alonso or Pirlo. It’s no wonder that Liverpool
dropped a lot in form when they let Alonso go.
SAF was overly strict at
times. From the shoe incident to the Pogba incident, SAF was unable to tame
talent like Mourinho does nowadays. He is a talent builder, or a talent scout
who then puts his touch on the player. It is clear to see that when Cristiano
hugs him or how the players look up to him. Rooney’s high transfer cost from
Everton and many more showed that SAF got what he wanted. But his strictness at
times affected the players. Many have gone in the dark under SAF and that is
part stubbornness and part over strictness. SAF knew where he stood and at
times it seemed that he was content with securing the title and a quarter-final
exit from the Champions League.
SAF is a legendary manager.
When you want to analyze a coach, you have to look at all attributes. SAF in 24
years has never slipped from being in the top 3. Pundits on Sky-Sports once
said that having SAF is an extra 10 points on the league table. He was that
SAF is a legendary coach. Maybe the world deserved to see
him coach elsewhere. Who wouldn’t have loved to see him coach Real Madrid,
Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munchen, AC Milan and many other clubs? Maybe that’s
what stood between SAF and Champions League, that rigidness of the league and
that by-the-book type of play. SAF’s numbers are beyond amazing and you can’t
say that he hasn’t left a legacy and a benchmark for every other manager in the
Premier League. But we can all agree that if Mourinho would stay as long, he
might even do better. This is not at all a statement that says Mourinho is
better, he needs years to reach that level, but in football, miracles happen
and all is possible. Wenger was there for most of SAF’s period and wasn’t able
to replicate his success, so who’s weakness is it?
Stay posted for: Ancelotti between greatness and normality
Feeling privileged of being one of the few people that can say they have played in old trafford, to have your name displayed on the field side electronic banners, #oldtrafford to share the field with Manchester United legends such as Quinton Fortune, Jasper Blomqwist, Dennis Irwin, Louis Saha, Ronny Johnsen and Bryan Robson…once in a lifetime experience #epsonworldcup #manchesterunited @epsonlatinamerica @manunite - live update by alfrednavarrom from Old Trafford on May 25, 2015 at 01:50AM