Writing in his weekly Evening Standard column, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he was surprised and disappointed that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal didn’t invite him for a post-match drink last weekend.
The post-match glass of wine (bottle?) was a sacred ritual in the Fergie years, as the Scot would invite his opposite number for a chat and a drink after the game.
It seems Van Gaal doesn’t go in for that kind of socializing, and poor Big Sam was told ‘it doesn’t happen anymore’, and was left to scuttle away with his tail between his legs.
I always invite the visiting manager into my office for a drink and a chat after a home game.
It’s a valued tradition as far as I and most managers are concerned, a chance to have a private conversation and wind down.
Which is why I was surprised and, yes, disappointed, that there was no such invitation following our match at Old Trafford last weekend.
When all was done and dusted after the match, I went to where Sir Alex Ferguson was invariably waiting with a glass of wine — and everything had changed. I think the room is now used for analysis.
I was told it didn’t happen any more, so I said “fair enough” and left.