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Monday 25 September 2017

Damien Duff reveals he discussed move to Manchester United with Alex Ferguson

Damien Duff and his former manager Brian Kerr at the Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown, yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile
Damien Duff and his former manager Brian Kerr at the Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown, yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

IN today's s Irish Independent, Damien Duff reveals the former Champions League winning side who made two separate attempts to sign him.

In an exclusive interview with Brian Kerr – his former Ireland international manager and Irish Independent columnist – Duff explains how he is adjusting to the sporting afterlife and revelling in his transformation from publicity shy winger into opinionated and controversial football pundit.

Yet it is his revelations about the transfer deals that didn’t take place which are eye-opening – particularly in the aftermath of the 2002 World Cup when he was head-hunted by one of Europe’s most successful sides.

Again, in 2006, Duff had the pick of England’s best clubs before he eventually opted to join Newcastle United, a decision he defends fully, even though the move ended disastrously. Going through the various managers he played for – from the Special One to some decidedly mediocre ones, Duff also explains the farcical way he received his 100th international cap from the FAI.

Now coaching at underage level, the former Chelsea and Blackburn winger, doesn't hold back in his criticism of the modern-day player. "Some guys go out after losing a game and drink champagne," Duff said. "To me, that's wrong."

Read the full compelling interview in today's Irish Independent or online after 2pm

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