Sir Alex surprised by Scolari sacking

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the sacking of Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's after just seven months in charge is merely a sign of the times. The Brazilian became the second Premier League boss manager to be sacked on Monday, following the dismissal of Portsmouth manager Tony Adams who had only been in charge since the end of October.

And United chief Ferguson feels the Blues, who slipped seven points behind his table-topping side after drawing 0-0 with Hull at the weekend, have been too hasty in ditching the 2002 World Cup winner.

"I am really surprised," he told MUTV. "It is a shock so soon, he only took the job seven months ago. He is a man of great experience, he took Brazil to World Cup winners and was the obvious choice to replace Avram Grant. "It is a sign of the times. There is absolutely no patience in the world now." The United boss was quick to point the finger at the English media, accusing newspaper and television stations alike of sensationalism, continually putting managers' jobs across the country in jeopardy.

"It just seems to be more volatile now. You can't always blame the press but they play a part," he said. "The way the tabloids are competing against the Internet and Sky News, there is sensationalism every time someone has a bad result. "There was great expectation at Chelsea that they were going to do well this year, and it is only this last month they have had a bad spell. The judgment really is only on the last month."

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