Sir Alex Ferguson laid bare many of his footballing relationships in his recently released autobiography, while also detailing some high-profile falling outs he endured in his illustrious tenure at Manchester United.
Roy Keane, David Beckham and Owen Hargreaves all attracted criticism of varying degrees from their former manager, while their were kinder words afforded to some other prominent figures in the game.
One person who did not get so much as a mention, however, was West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who claims he had initially been included in the memoir of the Old Trafford icon.
Allardyce, however, did not make the final cut when the final edition went to print, but explains Ferguson got in touch to apologise for not being able to include him in the much-anticipated book.
"If you’re going to put it all down on paper, you might as well tell the whole truth and that is exactly what Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have done in his autobiography," the Hammers manager wrote in his Evening Standard column.
"So far I’ve only read the extracts in the papers but I’m hoping Sir Alex will send me a copy — especially after leaving me out of it! Apparently I did appear in a section but it was omitted from the book. Sir Alex rang me to apologise but I told him not to be silly — the book is probably all the better for not having me in it."
The book has caused relative controversy since its release, with Ferguson coming under fire for comments made not only about his former Manchester United charges, but other current professionals.
Allardyce, though, has given his backing to Ferguson for his honesty, and believes the he has done the right thing by staying true to himself throughout.
"When deciding whether or not to write an autobiography, I suppose the first thing is to decide whether or not you believe it will be interesting — whether anyone will be bothered to read your story," he added.
"If you think the answer is ‘yes’, you should be true to yourself, write it how you see your football life has developed over the years.
"Personally I would be making sure the ‘good’ part of this job is highlighted rather than too much negative stuff and I am sure that will be the case in Sir Alex’s tome."
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