Tuesday 6 December 2016

Keith Gillespie reveals how Alex Ferguson once acted as his agent

David Smith

Published 18/10/2016 | 12:35

Keith Gillespie Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile
Keith Gillespie Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile

Keith Gillespie has revealed that his former manager Alex Ferguson once acted as his agent to get him a wage increase.

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The retired Northern Ireland international played under Ferguson at Old Trafford, and was part of the famed 'Class of 92.'

However, the winger struggled to break into the starting eleven at United, with Ryan Giggs and Andrei Kanchelskis preferred out wide.

Ferguson opted to include Gillespie as part of the £7 million deal to pry Andy Cole from Newcastle.

The former Manchester United manager then went with Gillespie to negotiate with Newcastle, and acted as the player's agent.

Gillespie was only 19 at the time, and earned just £250-a-week.

"We went to meet Kevin Keegan and some directors in a hotel with Sir Alex - he acted as my agent," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I don't know if he ever did it before; I don't know if he ever did it again.

"He just rang my Mum and asked if it was OK if he looked after me. He looked after me, definitely!"

Ferguson told Keegan that his 'client' was earning £600-a-week at Old Trafford, and the Newcastle boss agreed to a wage increase, doubling this figure to £1,200-a-week.

The deal was agreed, and Andy Cole moved in the opposite direction.

The rest is history.

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