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Sir Alex Ferguson has reacted furiously to his son, Darren, being sacking from Preston North End. The United boss has recalled loanees Joshua King and Ritchie De Laet from the club, and is prepared to set lawyers upon the Deepdale club to terminate Matthew James’ contract…

Darren Ferguson was fired from his position as Preston manager on Wednesday, after failing to impress hierarchy at the club with recent performances, despite being granted minimal funds for transfers. Sir Alex assisted his 38-year-old son when he took over the reigns at Preston in January, by loaning-out attacker Josh King, defender Ritchie De Laet and midfielder Matty James. However, the three are set to return to the Reds’ Reserves upon Darren’s sacking. 

Manchester United contacted Preston on Thursday morning, stating they terminated King and De Laet’s loan contracts – a function available to The Red Devils as per loan conditions. The pair were set to return in early January, but their spells were cut short by two games. However, James’ deal lasts until the end of the season – and cannot be terminated. Sources within Old Trafford have told the press that Sir Alex is prepared to take legal action against Preston for the release of James. 

Sir Alex is close friends with Preston’s major shareholder, Trevor Hemmings, and is said to be ‘furious’ with the Deepdale side. King, 18, had scored once in 9 appearances, while De Laet, 22, played 5 games. James, 19, who had been on-loan for last season also, has scored 3 goals with 29 caps to his name. Preston chairperson Maurice Lindsay has said the actions from United had come as a ‘shock’, but said he will leave the Matty James situation with caretaker boss David Unsworth to deal with.

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck remains at Sunderland until the end of the season, as does Mame Biram Diouf at Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cleverley and Nicky Ajose are set to be recalled in January from Wigan Athletic and Bury respectively.

Update: (4th January 2011), Preston North End confirm that on-loan Matty James has returned to his parent club, Manchester United.

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Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:19:48 pm

What does Ferguson expect, Darren was doing a rubbish job at Preston!



Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:28:09 pm

ANYWAY DARREN WILL GET BACK IN THE GAME ALL RIGHT WITH Fergie contacted and my guess he will take over port vale later in the weak



Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:59:01 pm

There are several ways to look at this!
The infamous knee jerk reaction to a managers dismissal.Yes his current performance at the Whites is not one to suggest they will stay in the Npower Championship.
If you look at his record at the Posh it was above average for wins, two gain promotions from the lower leagues to the Championship.
A case of holding the faith,like closer to home(Old Trafford).
I can Understand Sir Alexs fury in the light of that.
What puzzles me if he has an excellent relationship with the executives at Deepdale and is considering litigation.
that avenue of loaning players is closed.We know of one excellent result of experience at Deepdale.
My concern is for the players being used as Pawns was the loan period for their benifit or Sir Alexs son.
As they are being hurriedly recalled having been relatively successfull.
The answer is a puzzle.
Bloody contracts eh Bloody hell.


Chris m

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 1:22:28 pm

Sir alex is right pne sold ther gud players and expected daren to wrk miracles was always gna end badly pne r goin down


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