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'It is the right time' to retire, says Ferguson

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After 26 years as head coach of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement.

In his statement, Ferguson said:

“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”.

Ferguson is considered by many to be one of the best football coaches of all time, as Manchester United’s manager he won:13 English Premier League titles (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013), 5 FA Cups (1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004), 4 League Cups (1992, 2006, 2009, 2010), 10 FA Community Shields (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), 2 UEFA Champions League titles (1999, 2008), 1 UEFA Cup winners’ cup (1991), 1 UEFA Super Cup (1991), 1 Intercontinental Cup (1999) and 1 FIFA Club World cup (2008).

Born on December 31, 1941 in Scotland, Ferguson managed East Stirlingshire and St. Mirren before starting a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen. After briefly managing the Scotland national team following the death of Jock Stein, he was appointed manager of Manchester United in November 1986.

Ferguson is the longest serving manager of Manchester United, overtaking Sir Matt Busby’s record on 19 December 2010. He is also the longest serving of all current League managers.

In 2008, he became the third British manager to win the European Cup on more than one occasion. He was knighted in 1999 for his services to the game and also holds the honour ‘Freedom of the City of Aberdeen’.





The football world reacts to Ferguson's retirement

After 26 years as head coach of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement. In his statement, Ferguson said: “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...More: http://eurone.ws/10oTkOf

Edité par euronews· Wed, May 08 2013 03:55:15

The football world also took to Twitter to express its shock and amazement:
Sir Alex Ferguson retires. #thankyousiralexManUtd_PressOffice
Sir Alex – “I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club.” bit.ly/YECGub #thankyousiralexManUtd_PressOffice
Disappointed, shocked, sad. Didn't think THAT day would be today.Peter Schmeichel
Just heard Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring at end of season. His achievements in the game place him without doubt as one of the ‘greats’.Joseph S Blatter
It's just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn't feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms.michael owen
What a privilege to have played under arguably the best manager the world has ever seen.michael owen
Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.Vincent Kompany
Wow I can't believe Sir Alex has actually retired. It doesn't seem real. He's an absolute legend n I'm privileged to say I worked with himDanny Simpson
No one could foresee the success that was to follow when Sir Alex lost his first match in charge of #MUFC - http://uefa.to/12fz1A3Champions League
Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievement at #MUFC has been exceptional. Hopefully his retirement will make life a little easier for my team #AVFCDavid Cameron
Twitter accounts were also fast to dig into archive pictures and find historical documents:
Sir Alex Ferguson watches the game at Manor Ground at his first match as Manchester United manager. Oxford 1986 #SAF pic.twitter.com/zWQhgIyWY4ClassicPics
6 Novermber 1986: #SAF is appointed as manager of Manchester United. The photo is in black & white. That says it all. pic.twitter.com/Xxzce1cuAoFootball Babble
Twitter definitely experienced a heavy morning, with #fergieretires, #thankyousiralex, #SirAlexFerguson and other related hashtags quickly turning into global trending topics.
More than 1.4m mentions of the SAF story on Twitter in the hour after @ManUtd_PO first Tweeted it. That and more here blog.uk.twitter.com/2013/05/thanky…Lewis Wiltshire
Blog from @TwitterUK now out blog.uk.twitter.com/2013/05/thanky… but we'll keep tweeting stats through the day via here, @TwitterSports and @TwitterUK.Lewis Wiltshire