Working with Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello. In theory, a dream. But don’t tell Ben Foster. The goalkeeper, who has played for United and the English national team in his career, does not have a good memory of either of them …
Working with Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello. In theory, a dream. But don’t tell Ben Foster. The unattached goalkeeper, who has played for Manchester United and the English national team in his career, does not have a good memory of either of them. Speaking some time ago at the podcast by Peter Crouchthe goalkeeper has told some episodes that underline how his experiences with the Scotsman and the Friulian, two of the best coaches of the last decades, are memorable but in negative.
Starting from the relationship with Capello, CT of the Three Lions. A summons comes at the wrong time and creates an irremediable rift. “My wife was about to give birth, her waters had just broken. I told the coach and he replied that we would start training half an hour later. I asked him if I could join my wife at the hospital in Manchester, but he was adamant . He said he needed me, even if it was only a friendly and that I would play in the second half. ” The problem is that Foster does not play that game, because Capello does not field him. “He didn’t let me play, I stayed on the bench for all 90 minutes. So I lost the chance to witness the birth of my son. He disrespected me.” A situation that the goalkeeper, evidently, has never digested.
As well as the constant reproaches of Roy Keane. Foster crossed paths with the Irishman briefly at Manchester United, but long enough to understand that they would not get along. “He’s a guy who’s scary, I used to get under him when I saw him. And from what he said, I passed him the ball too slowly. So, he slaughtered me. He stopped the ball, scolded me and then started playing again.” But even with Ferguson things didn’t go very well. In a Manchester derby, United wins 4-3 but Foster makes a mistake. Enough to suffer the fury of Sir Alex. “We had won, so everyone was happy. But Ferguson shut everyone up to take it out on me. He told me ‘do a shit like that again and you’re out.'” Promise kept, considering that in the end the goalkeeper played very little with the Red Devils.
June 18, 2022 (change June 18, 2022 | 08:02)
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