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Ferguson once smashed Steve Bruce’s phone when it rang during one of his infamous halftime tirades

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‘Without a second thought, he forcibly threw it in a bin’: Sir Alex Ferguson once smashed Steve Bruce’s phone when it rang during one of his infamous halftime tirades at Man United

  • Steve Bruce played under Sir Alex Ferguson for nine years in the 90s
  • Paul Parker Explained How Now-Newcastle Boss Had His Phone Smashed
  • During an infamous Fergie blow dryer, Bruce’s cell phone went off
  • Ferguson found it and threw it straight into the trash, where it broke into pieces











Sir Alex Ferguson once smashed Steve Bruce’s phone after it rang during one of his infamous half-time hairdryer treatments at Manchester United, it has been revealed.

Ferguson managed 26 years at Old Trafford but gained a reputation for his scathing half-time tirades, in which it was rarely advisable to speak.

Unfortunately for Bruce, his former teammate Paul Parker has revealed the embarrassing moment when his cell phone went off in the middle of a frenzy.

Steve Bruce's phone once rang during a Ferguson tirade at United

Steve Bruce (R)’s phone once rang during a tirade by Alex Ferguson (L) at Man United

Ferguson allegedly threw the phone in the trash, where it broke into pieces

Ferguson allegedly threw the phone in the trash, where it broke into pieces

In a new book titled “Fergie Under The Hairdryer,” Parker said, “Steve had left his phone on because his wife Janet was in hospital with back problems and he was waiting for an update on how she was doing.

“The first half of a game hadn’t gone too well and you could see we were getting a splurge because as soon as the boss came into the dressing room, he took off his jacket, which was an indication that he meant it.

“He started to settle into some of us. Suddenly a phone starts ringing and the first person he looks at is me because for some reason he always associated me with a cell phone.

Bruce and Ferguson (pictured in 1993) enjoyed nine successful years together at Old Trafford

Bruce and Ferguson (pictured in 1993) enjoyed nine successful years together at Old Trafford

Bruce is now a manager himself, but is hanging by a thread at Newcastle United this season

Bruce is now a manager himself, but is hanging by a thread at Newcastle United this season

“Luckily I wasn’t guilty and so he started walking past the line of players, staring at everyone and trying to find where the noise was coming from. Woe to the person who possessed it. Finally he got to Brucey’s jacket with his ears pointed, pushed his hand into it and pulled out the cell phone. Without thinking, he forcibly threw it into a trash can and crushed it completely. Nobody said a word.’

Bruce played nine years for United during his career as a tough centre-back, winning three Premier League titles and several other trophies under Ferguson’s management.

The now 60-year-old then embarked on a coaching career of his own and is now in charge at Newcastle – although that could soon come to an end as the club has just been taken over by a mega-wealthy Saudi Arabian consortium.

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