Friday 20 October 2017

Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar hails Sir Alex Ferguson as inspiration for cop role

Sir Alex Ferguson's man-management skills inspired Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar
Sir Alex Ferguson's man-management skills inspired Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has revealed his character in the show is partially based on former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Arsenal fan Dunbar plays Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC crime drama but, rather than a renowned police officer, it is Ferguson, former Liverpool great Bill Shankly and Celtic's European Cup-winning boss Jock Stein who have influenced him the most.

"I've been an Arsenal supporter since they did the double in 1971 - the Irish connection with Arsenal was very strong through that period," he told Football Focus on the BBC.

"There's a whole lot of managers to come out of Scotland - Shankly and Stein and Ferguson.

"They have great man-management skills and the character of Hastings, he has to have man-management skills so he can get the best out of everybody, so I mind that."

Dunbar also predicted a 2-2 draw in Sunday's north London derby, and hopes it will be Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's last at the helm.

"No doubt about it, I think the club needs a new broom as it were," he added. "It's up to Mr Wenger to decide when he's going to go.

"It would be nice if we won the FA Cup then he decided that was that."

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