Football: Fergie Factor Can Swing It for Swans; Good-Luck Messages and Advice from Manchester United Manager Pep Up Flynn for Relegation Dogfight

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Byline: Paul Abbandonato # Assistant Editor (Sport)

BRIAN FLYNN last night revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson has been helping to pep up Swansea City in their fight to keep their Football League status.

Ferguson spoke to his friend Flynn in the build-up to tomorrow's win-or-bust Vetch showdown with Hull, telling him, ``Be positive and you will do it.''

The Manchester United manager has also been in regular contact with Alan Tate, the defender he has loaned out to the Swans, to guide him through the toughest week of his football career.

Flynn said countless bigname figures from the football world have contacted the club this week to urge them to win their relegation dogfight.

But Swans fans will be hoping the Fergie factor is an ace up Flynn's sleeve as he seeks to lead his team to the victory which would stop them dropping into the Conference, and condemn rivals Exeter instead.

Flynn smiled, ``I can't say Alex was specifically giving me tips ... because he's never had to deal with relegation before!''

But he went on, ``Joking aside, Alex knows what it takes to win massive football matches ... and this is a pretty big one by anybody's standards. He is fully aware of how important it is for us to remain in the league and he wished me the best and said he really hopes we get out of it.

``Alex said, `Be positive, keep doing the right things as a manager and I'm sure you will be OK.' ``Alex has also been speaking to Alan Tate to give him a similar message. It's great that someone who has enough on his plate at the moment, like winning the Premiership, should take time out to give some thought to Swansea City's position. But that's a measure of what Alex is like. …