Benitez reveals dancing jibe rift with Sir AlexPosted: April 8, 2009
Rafael Benitez has revealed the growing rift between him and Sir Alex Ferguson is based on a comment made about Fergie’s country dancing skills.
“We were at the League Manager’s annual dinner dance”, says Benitez. “Sir Alex is always the centre of attention and many managers want to be his friend and get him clean napkins and this kind of thing”.
But Rafa is his own man and clearly over-stepped the mark once Sir Alex took to the floor for a traditional Scottish Country Dance with his partner, assistant manager Mike Phelan.
“Sir Alex, his footwork was not up to scratch”, tutted Benitez. “I am Spanish and even I can see that”. It is thought Benitez compared Sir Alex’s dancing to “watching a red-faced drunk old man in a kilt trying to cross an icy river on roller skates”.
The Liverpool boss was also scathing about Sir Alex’s attempts at a traditional Scottish Sabre Dance. “He kept kicking the swords all around the dance floor. It sounded like a tray of cutlery falling down stairs. At one point Sir Alex stepped on as sword and fell into the lap of Mr. David Moyes. You could see the shame on the face of his fellow Scots man”.
Sir Alex has not spoken to Rafael Benitez since.
Below (Ferguson at a recent fundraiser for cow cancer.)