It’s official, Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement at the end of the season, with his final game on home ground being this weekend against Swansea, where United will be officially crowned as 2013 champions, and his final match being away to West Brom to end his 27-year old spell in charge of the Red Devils. Let’s hope the players turn on the style in these remaining 2 games to give him a befitting sending-off… He will, however, still be at the club, as he is joining the board as ambassador and director of the club.
He has won 13 Premier League titles, 2 European Cups, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and the European Cup-Winners’ Cup plus the European Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and World Club Cup with United during his reign, a haul of 49 trophies in total, including his time when he started in Scotland.
Quoted from manutd.com:
“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.
Thank you for everything so far SAF, and let’s hope United get someone who can follow in his steps as manager for the years to come, with the odds already tilting towards David Moyes, but personally I would like to see someone with more character and experience in European football be appointed as his replacement.