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The story of the only Irishman to coach Manchester United, and his power struggle with father figure of the club - Sir Matt Busby. Frank O'Farrell played for West Ham United and Preston North End as well as earning nine international caps, and in 1971 he agreed to take on the job at Manchester, a role he kept for 18 months before being sacked. With contributions by David Meek, Peter Shilton, Wilf McGuinness and Eamon Dunphy.
Just watching it now and Busby isn't coming out of it too well, it has to be said. Attempting to get O'Farrell for a salary of £12,000 per year when he knew full well that £15,000 was what the club was offering, for starters.
But on the whole, is the revelation that Matt Busby wasn't a saint or a perfect human being significant at all? Is it not something that most people would have suspected anyway?
Jesus, Paddy Crerand won't have a bad word said about Busby, will he? That's twice now that he's responded negatively ("... and if anyone says otherwise, they're lying") to suggestions that Busby still had a hold over some of United's senior players during Farrell's reign.
Did the programme discuss Frank O’ Farrell’s Catholicism? It’s impossible to understand the man without knowing how his religious faith worked within him.
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