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theSun ON MONDAY | JULY 26, 2010

Ferguson demands
winter break
England’s players are are having to do far more than
‘Fergie to boss at 75’
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burnt out, we are told, but they used to, with less time to YAN GIGGS last night declared preparation for a career in management, a kid looking up to him, to being an
that doesn’t stop most recover. that Sir Alex Ferguson (caricature) Giggs said: “The manager is as good as experienced player he talks to – and from
Premier League teams “Playing more matches is set to go on and on as the ever and will go on for a long time. To be whom he actually asks advice about
from gallivanting halfway means more chance of an Emperor of Old Trafford and may well honest, I can see him as a manager of certain players and situations.
around the world for pre- impact injury or over-use.” be leaping from the dug-out at the grand United in five years time, easily, even at “It’s always been a good relationship,
season friendlies – now That “over-use” could be old age of 75. 75. but it has never been better than it is at
Harry Redknapp has finally interpreted as burn-out, The Welsh wizard can see “As long as he is healthy, he’ll have this moment.
admitted that it’s all about tiredness or the wear and no end to the Fergie era the desire to carry on. He has a great “Mind you I am a better player now
the money tear that leads to spells in but told youngsters team around him and he has his passions than I was in my early 20s, I have lost that
the treatment room or not on their way away from the game, like horse racing, so explosive pace where I could knock the
WHEN Sir Alex Ferguson playing at full tilt. through the club when he comes back to football he is ball past a defender and knew I would
argued about the need for a Success is possible they will have it a always refreshed.” beat him.
winter break in England, he following a pre-season whole lot easier Giggs told the News of the World that “I have to think about my game more
was more than 3,000 miles – tour, as Chelsea showed than his he’s noticed a calm descend over the and use the ball a lot better now.
and an eight-hour flight – away after touring the US a year generation. Premiers League’s very special Special “In my head I still think I am about 25
from home. But his ago. This time Giggs looks to One as the years have passed. – I don’t feel like the old guy in the
Manchester United squad had around, with be booked for a Although Sir Alex retains a fear factor dressing room.
not travelled to Philadelphia players at the possible exit to the Giggs feels youngsters have less reason “I can relate to the young players -
directly, they had already World Cup MLS in the twilight to fear him than when he was growing up we’re footballers who share a lot of the
played Celtic in Toronto. allowed extra years of his playing at the club. same interests.
The irony will not be lost time to recover, days but believes He added: “Things have changed – he “As far as my own playing days are
on those at the Premier League the Premier League United’s Scottish has mellowed, he isn’t anywhere near as concerned it’s a case of seeing how I feel
and Football Association. champions limited managerial genius frightening as he was 20 years ago.” at the end of each season and whether I
Ferguson is not alone in raising their travel to within will remain at the Like the wine Fergie loves to tipple am still enjoying it and motivated each
concerns about the England Europe. top for as long as he after games, Giggs’ own relationship day.”
team being “handicapped” by “Last season we played wants. with the boss has improved with age. “I’m in the middle of doing my
such a long, hard slog of a four games in America. Now Currently He said: “I have known him since I coaching badges. I want to be prepared
season, nor is he the only we decided to stay in Europe taking his coaching was 12 years old. for when my playing days are over, but at
manager to take his team on a because we did not have a lot badges in “So it has changed from me just being the moment I have no plans.” – Agencies
long-haul flight to play pre- of players,” said Chelsea
season friendlies. manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea’s schedule – they
Everton undertook the longest play in Holland and Germany
journeys, to Australia, while – is closer to the pre-seasons
Birmingham City played in of the 1960s and 1970s when
China, and United, Ron “Chopper” Harris was Draw No: 10/10 Draw Date: 25/07/2010 Draw Venue: Perak Turf Club
Manchester City and playing.
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a new manager and it is difficult
to say what they are going to Manchester City, who ended last
do,” said Manchester United’s season just outside a Champions
record appearance holder. “Two League place in fifth position.