'Sir Alex nearly threw me off the bus' - Leeds allegiance sparked bust-up with manager
By Richard Parks
Steve McClaren has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson was so furious at him for supporting Leeds United he almost threw him off the team bus on the way to Elland Road.
The pair worked together with great success at Manchester United between 1999-2001 as McClaren was assistant manager to the legendary boss.
However, Ferguson was not afraid of pushing his weight around if the former England manager expressed opinions that did not suit him.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, as cited by their Twitter account, McClaren said: “I remember going to my first Leeds game with Sir Alex. We were going down Elland Road in the team bus and everyone was giving us abuse.
“The men and their kids were making gestures at us. Sir Alex said: ‘Look at that Steve, that is a disgrace, the gestures, it is ridiculous’.
“And I said: ‘Yeah, I used to be one of them… I’m a closet Leeds fan’. And he nearly threw me off the bus, he said: ‘Get off’.
“He nearly made me walk the last mile to the stadium.
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Football Insider verdict:
McClaren’s tale demonstrates the enmity between Leeds and Man United, and is a reminder of the bitter rivalry of the clubs when they both used to go head to head two times a season. It is 14 years since Leeds were in the Premier League and they have been hugely missed, due to the passion and size of their fanbase, which has barely diminished during their spell in the lower league doldrums. It will no doubt amuse the Leeds faithful that McClaren’s boyhood allegiance so angered Ferguson all those years back in what is a great anecdote from the Yorkshireman.
In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.