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Declan Lynch: Like something you'd hear from an Irish government

The Wazza deal would have made the likes of Bertie Ahern or Charlie McCreevy proud, writes Declan Lynch

Published 31/10/2010 | 05:00

With Wayne and Colleen Rooney enjoying chicken nuggets and champagne beside the pool in Dubai, and Alex Ferguson complimenting himself on his achievement in resolving the Wazza crisis, we seemed to be looking at a rare example of wisdom prevailing in the corporate world.

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Some would say that it is the only example anyone can recall in which members of the executive classes actually did something which vaguely justified the absurd amounts of money that they pay themselves, getting a result which works for all concerned.

No doubt already there are smart fellows planning a conference in the RDS for "business leaders", at which the performances of Alex Ferguson and Man Utd chief executive David Gill will be celebrated. And some will mourn the day that Ferguson went into football in the first place, when his brand of leadership is so lacking in public life in general -- by leadership here, of course, they mean dictatorship.

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