It has come as a huge shock to all involved with Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson has announced he will be retiring at the end of the season.
A few people were expecting it to come but most saw a few years left in the Scotsman, Sir Alex released the following statement;
“The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time.
“It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.
“Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world.
“Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future.
“I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential. My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career.”
It has been a remarkable 26 years for both Sir Alex and Manchester United, in the years he has won 20 English league titles, 4 League Cups, 5 FA Cups, 10 Community Shields, 3 European Cups, and a club world cup title. He is undoubtedly the most succesful manager in football history, and to finish his career with a Premier League trophy which also took United above Liverpool in English League success is the most fitting way to leave his post as manager.
Without Sir Alex many of the worlds finest players may not have reached their heights, the likes of Eric Cantona, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sherringham, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Ole gunnar Slosjkar, Peter Schmeichel, Edwin Van Der Sar and many many more. All of these players reached their greatest playing abilities under Sir Alex’s teaching and thanks to him, the current selection of young players have a path to continue down thanks to him.
As a Manchester United fan myself, it has been an honour to support a club with such a great man at the helm, he has led us through uncertain times and picked us back up to fight back stronger every time. Sir Alex Ferguson, Thank you.