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Ferguson tribute to Sirrel

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Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to legendary Notts County manager Jimmy Sirrel following his death at the age of 86.

Glasgow-born Sirrel, who also played for Celtic, first took charge of the Football League's oldest club in 1969, and had three spells in charge - from 1969-75, 1978-82 and 1985-87.

The Manchester United boss who was a good friend told the BBC: "All I can say is that I'd be confident in Jimmy Sirrel managing a team I supported, and that would be the general opinion from all the managers in the game."

He added: "People like Jimmy have had to work with either no money or little money and if you look at his career at Notts County and Sheffield United, you'll see he's done fantastically well with players who are quite limited."

Legendary Notts County midfielder Don Masson also paid tribute to his former boss.

He said: "I owe everything in my football career to Jimmy - he was fantastic."

The Magpies' record goalscorer Les Bradd said: "We certainly feared him on match days, particularly when he was throwing jugs of tea at us.

"But generally Jimmy was a friend to the players. He would tell funny stories, we would laugh at him."

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington, who was signed for Notts County by Sirrel, said: "I have a lot of good feelings for Jim.

"He did wonders for my career at Notts County. He was an excellent coach and his man-management was very good, particularly with the young ones."

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