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

'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’.