Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Fulham away is his most feared match of the season. But Fergie isn’t bothered about the quality of the opposition or the length of the commute – it is the size of the changing rooms that concern him.
Evidently short of things to moan about after victory over Arsenal, Ferguson decided to rant about the size of the changing rooms United encounter on their away trips. He called for a minimum size of changing room to be introduced. And he had particularly harsh criticism for three Premier League clubs.
In an interview with Inside United magazine, he said: “With all the money in the Premier League, some grounds should be better. There should be a minimum standard of size of dressing room, especially now you have more players on your bench and an increased staff.
“You have requirements for stadiums to be eligible for certain divisions, so the quality of the dressing room should be part of that.”
He then went on to name and shame the worst Premier League changing facilities. He added: “Everton’s are so narrow it is unbelievable. Portsmouth’s away dressing room is not great and the one at Fulham is smaller than my office.”
Adding a slightly homoerotic flavour to the interview, he continued: “Craven Cottage is a very traditional stadium and one of my favourite away grounds, but when you have 18 players stripping down, plus coaches, physios and kit men, it is ridiculous really.”
Predictably, he put Old Trafford at the top of his list of the best facilities (plenty of room for naked coaches there) but he also had surprisingly positive words for the Emirates Stadium. Perhaps Arsene Wenger will make them out-of-bounds next week and roll out the Portakabin!