Alex Ferguson has drawn tributes from many quarters today including Irish politics. Senator Jimmy Harte who set up the Oireachtas Ireland Football Supporters Club recently was one of the first.
And I'm sure you'll be delighted to hear that discussions are planned by the club on how they can appropriately honour Fergie. Though Senator Harte surely all but discredits himself as a real Liverpool fan in making such a gesture
Senator Harte said that Alex Ferguson was one of the most admired figures in the world's most popular game, and that his achievements are practically second-to-none.
He said that given Sir Alex's connections to Ireland both through the thousands of Manchester United supporters in this country, and the great local players that he has managed, he would discuss with members of the recently established Oireachtas Ireland Football Supporters Club how they could appropriately honour his achievements.
"While my personal loyalties are primarily to Finn Harps, Liverpool FC, and the Irish national team, I fully recognise the scale of Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements in the game. He is and always will be a managerial legend."
And now that Bertie has gone, Fianna Fail leader, Micheál Martin, had to weigh in with his party's obligatory pandering to the masses, 'we're really just like the rest of you' tribute.
Thank you Alex Ferguson for many years of excitement and enjoyment.Truly one of the greats.#Fergie
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) May 8, 2013
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