Alex Ferguson has been told “Shut up” by the Premier League after backing Harry Redknapp to become the next England manager.
“The Premier League has written to me asking me not to talk about the England manager’s job,” the Manchester United manager said. “I don’t know why.” The game’s governing body cross channel are clearly keen to keep debate on who becomes England manager to a minimum.
Ferguson knows what it’s like to become manager of an international side leading up to a major tournament, having taken over as Scotland manager in 1986; shortly after Jock Stein had died of a heart attack during the Scot’s final World Cup qualifier with Wales.
Ferguson’s chatter did not detract from a poor night at the office as Manchester United lost 2-3 at home to Atletico Bilbao in the last 16 of the Europa League. Last season’s Champions League Finalists have now won just one of their last five home games in Europe with Ferguson admitting: “There’s no doubt they (Bilbao) were the better team.”
Manchester City also lost 1-0 in Lisbon. The second legs of these ties will be played in a fortnight.