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Sir Alex Ferguson retires as manager

Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season after being with the club for 26 years. Ferguson, 71, has won a staggering 38 trophies with the club since he took over form Ron Atkinson on 6th November 1986, including this seasons Premier League title.

His reign includes 13 titles, two Champions League, five FA cups and four League Cups. Sir Alex Ferguson commented “The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about. It is the right time”.

Sir Alex Ferguson will now take on the dual role of a Director and Ambassador for Manchester United. He also gave praise to the people around him who helped contribute to the growth and build United into one of the biggest football clubs in the world “I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential”. He also added “My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock if both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me”.

The Scot is the most successful manager is the history of the British game and he famously won the treble is 1999. Bookmakers have made Everton manager David Moyes the favourite to take over as the new manager for the club. Moyes is out of his contract at Goodison Park in the summer, and has delayed negotiations of a new deal until the end of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson continued to congratulate and praise everyone around him for their hard work that they have bought to the club over the past 26 years “As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich”.

He later thanked one of the key players to England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, Sir Bobby Charlton “in my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team”, “Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy Chief Executive in David Gill. I am truly grateful to them all”.

It will take a truly great manager to surpass Sir Alex Ferguson as being the most successful manager in the history of the British game.

Author Daniel Foster.
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