Where’s your old school ethics? Rodgers lays into Fergie after heavy criticism of players and Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of lacking ‘old school ethics’ for revealing dressing room exchanges in his autobiography.
The Liverpool manager believes words spoken behind closed doors should never be repeated, meaning revelations about Roy Keane’s outbursts at Manchester United would be kept from publication.
Ferguson was attacked for displaying a lack of ‘loyalty’ by the former United captain after he received a scathing write-up in the book, My Autobiography.
And Rodgers has weighed in against his old dugout adversary.
‘Anyone who’s been in football knows that whatever is said behind closed doors and in the changing room is something you wouldn’t want to hear again,’ Rodgers told TalkSport.
‘It’s something that’s vitally important. You want to know as a human being that you can speak openly and communication is honest, and hopefully wouldn’t get repeated.
‘It’s certainly something that in modern time is becoming more difficult. I always felt that years ago you could say those sorts of things, that people were open and honest, but that it would get left behind and you move on.
‘As time goes on and all the social communication and technologies come along it makes it that bit more difficult. You would like to think you would still have some old school values and ethics that whatever is said you take it on the chin and keep it behind closed doors and move on.’
Rodgers also hit back at Ferguson’s assertion that Steven Gerrard is not a ‘top, top player’.
He said: ‘Everyone who’s seen that (claim) would probably say it’s more than harsh.
‘I’ve watched Steven over many years and recognised he was a top player but it’s only when you come in and work with the man and realise how professional he is on a daily basis that you understand his performance level.
‘This is a guy who at 33 years of age who is a top, top player. He’s a wonderful talent and I don’t think anyone could argue.’