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Alex Ferguson: I was really impressed by Paul McGinley's leadership

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McGinley compares notes with Alex Ferguson

McGinley compares notes with Alex Ferguson

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McGinley compares notes with Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson has spoken of his meeting with the triumphant European Ryder Cup team, saying his was impressed by the leadership qualities of winning captain Paul McGinley.

Dubliner McGinley called on the legendary Fergie to give a motivational speech to his players on the eve of the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles in September.

And while McGinley was left in awe of the Scot, the feeling was very much mutual. 

In an interview with the Big Issue, Fergie said: "When Paul McGinley first approached me about going up to Gleneagles, we agreed that what was said in the dressing room stayed in the dressing room.

"That’s the way I’ve always operated. But it’s okay for me to tell you I talked mainly about how to cope with being a favourite, just like we usually were at United. I also spoke with the caddies and players’ wives about different things.

"I was really impressed by the amount of detail McGinley put into the organisation. He took an additional assistant to mentor those players who hadn’t been selected that day so they still felt involved. That was good leadership.

"But really my main contribution was to encourage everyone to be calm over the seven days."

And there was banter aplenty too for Ferguson and the European team.

"The banter was great. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are season ticket holders at Old Trafford but Ian Poulter supports Arsenal, Thomas Bjorn supports Liverpool, Lee Westwood supports Nottingham Forest and Sergio Garcia is a huge Real Madrid fan. He kept thanking me for transferring Cristiano Ronaldo!"

H/T - Balls.ie

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