Sir Alex gave ‘nuclear powered’ hairdryer to coach for training ground actions

Sir Alex Ferguson once gave a "nuclear powered" hairdryer treatment to a Manchester United coach for their training ground actions.

The legendary former United manager is famous for his hairdryer treatment, used to describe the explosive dressing down's he would give his players when he was angry.

While most players that played under Ferguson have a story relating to a hairdryer treatment, it seems that even his coaching staff were not safe from his outbursts.

Former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has revealed he was once berated by Fergie for bringing a guest to the training ground despite it being approved by the manager.

Speaking to The Athletic, Steele explained: "Tony Franken, the national goalkeeping coach of Australia, was over. I’d agreed to have dinner on the Thursday night.

"Out of courtesy, I went in to see the gaffer. He had the phone to his ear. ‘Steeley, what do you want?’

"‘I have a guest coming in tomorrow, have you any objection?’

"‘Aye, alright. What’s he doing?’

"‘See training, chat with me, then eat afterwards.’ Off I went.

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"Next morning, Tony Franken turns up. I was doing set plays. Next thing, the gaffer looks over, ‘Who the f***ing hell is that?’ All the lads look straight away.

“‘Gaffer, it’s my guest.’

“‘Shouldn’t be here! Could be a spy!’

“I got the full lashing. Just that split moment. It wasn’t just the hairdryer, it was nuclear-powered. The skin got thicker on the back of my neck.

"He’d forgotten. He thought I’d planted a spy. I had to walk over to Tony and say, ‘Tone, if you don’t mind, could you just go to the canteen.’

“I came back and I remember Rio (Ferdinand) and that lot laughing their heads off. The gaffer went, ‘Steeley, carry on with the set plays.’

“Bless him, typical of the manager, at lunch he came over and was as nice as could be. ‘Sorry about that — how long you over for?’”

Steele spent five years as goalkeeping coach at United between 2008 and 2013.

He also spent time working in the same role at Derby County, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

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