ALEX FERGUSON has claimed the way Kenny Dalglish handled the Luis Suarez racism case was a factor in him getting sacked by Liverpool.
Dalglish was axed at the end of the season after a dismal Premier League campaign which ended with the Reds languishing in eighth spot.
Ferguson, whose Manchester United side saw rivals Manchester City take the title from them at the end of last season, further fuelled the war of words today by suggesting the entire episode did not do much for Dalglish’s standing among the Liverpool hierarchy.
“I wasn’t surprised at Kenny leaving,” said Ferguson.
“John Henry has obviously looked at that (the Suarez incident) and felt it wasn’t handled in the right way.
“It certainly wasn’t a nice thing to happen and it must have been part of it.”
In an interview in Uruguay this week, Suarez claimed United exert too much power at the FA, which led to him being found guilty.
Dalglish’s replacement Brendan Rodgers has reacted by stating it is time to move on from the episode.
“It’s not going to go away if Suarez keeps on making headlines out of it,” said Ferguson.
“It was nothing to do with Manchester United.
“It wasn’t Evra’s contribution, it wasn’t Suarez’s contribution. What killed Suarez was the guy who explained the cultural differences.”
A lot has been made of Suarez not shaking Evra’s hand at Old Trafford in a game after the incident.
Ferguson said:“I think Evra expected him not to shake hands. He actually said that to the lads. He just felt that he wasn’t going to shake his hand.”