Richard Ashcroft: I’d rather see Man United relegated playing the right way

first_img 2 Ashcroft says Ferguson’s departure left a ‘gaping hole’ in the club He believes the Welshman could have been United’s answer to Pep Guardiola had he been given time to develop as a coach at Old Trafford, and believes changing managers three times in three years after Ferguson’s departure has destroyed the spirit of the club.“A gaping hole was left when Sir Alex retired and over the last few years, somewhere along the line the spirit of the club [has been lost],” Ashcroft told talkSPORT.“Fans expect to see flair, they expect to see creativity, they expect us to play any team in the world at Old Trafford and never start with a mentality that we’re trying to build a wall.“We’re attack, attack, attack!“In my opinion, it was all set up for Ryan Giggs to go through a few difficult years but have a tremendous team around him and let that man grow in the job.“Like Pep, look where Pep is now. Someone at Barcelona gave Pep that opportunity where I’m sure someone else was saying, ‘no, we need this guy who has done this and done that’. 2 Getty Images – Getty center_img Diehard Manchester United fan and singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft believes the ‘spirit of the club’ has been lost since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.The former Verve frontman has told talkSPORT he would rather the club ‘be relegated and play the right way with a bunch of local lads’ than see the misery at Old Trafford continue.Ashcroft joined Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to react to United’s home Champions League defeat to Juventus, which has heaped more pressure on Jose Mourinho.It appears Red Devils supporters are split in their support of the Portuguese coach, with some running out of patience and calling from him to be sacked, while others are confident he can turn it around.And in a passionate rant, the Bittersweet Symphony singer defended the boss, insisting the problems at the club started long before he arrived – beginning with the decision not to stick with Ryan Giggs as head coach. Richard Ashcroft believes Ryan Giggs could have been Manchester United’s answer to Pep Guardiola “By not doing that [sticking with Giggs], that’s where we started severing ties and it’s a big problem.“It’s not a Jose Mourinho problem, it’s root and branch.“I’ll be really brutal; I would rather do down, I would rather be relegated and play the right way with a bunch of lads who live in a 30 mile radius of Old Trafford, that’s how I feel right now.“It’s not all Jose’s fault, he’s got an almost impossible task.“Potentially if he had come straight away after Sir Alex, and there had been that handing over the baton, and if there had not have been this nonsense in between, then maybe we wouldn’t be in this situation.”Listen to Richard Ashcroft as he talks Manchester United and new album ‘Natural Rebel’ IN FULL above!last_img read more


first_imgUp to 24 Garda stations may be closed if Government plans to close 200 nationwide get the go-ahead.That’s the number of stations put on a possible hit-list – though not all of them will be shut.Stations which are part-time and have less than two gardai stationed there are believed to be the ones which are most likely to close. Garda HQ has asked each division to draw up a list of the stations least used.A final decision won’t be taken for several months however.It’s thought that may take place after the December budget when Garda funding will be slashed.24 DONEGAL GARDA STATIONS ON CLOSURE HIT-LIST was last modified: September 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal garda stationslast_img read more