This has to be one of the biggest moments in recent football memory. Fresh from securing The Club’s 20th Premier League title, it’s been announced that Sir Alex Ferguson will be retiring from his post as manager of Manchester United Football Club.
The news will come as a shock to many (although not a complete surprise to those who were on twitter at 3am last night like this Live Magazine Journalist here!). As the man who has served at the helm of the Manchester club for 25 years finally steps down.
Rumors began circulating on Tuesday night, and early Wednesday morning that Sir Alex would be stepping down. While many have never been shy to speculate when the Scottish manager would retire, these rumors were further compounded by Manchester United’s silence and apparent lack of desire to comment on the matter.
Sir Alex Ferguson retires. #thankyousiralex
— ManUtd_PressOffice (@ManUtd_PO) May 8, 2013
However at 10:15 CAT, United held a Press Conference, and unsuccessfully attempted to embargo the news for an hour. It soon surfaced, and was confirmed by the MUFC press team that Sir Alex Ferguson has retired.
It is a big move for fans of any club in world football. It’s going to be difficult to imagine United without the man who has been the face of success for the club.
Having won close to 40 major club honors, (including 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 2 Champions Leagues), it’s safe to say he will be a tough act to follow.
This hasn’t stopped journalists, pundits and bookies from speculating and throwing about possible names for Ferguson’s successor, especially on a day when Laurent Blanc has confessed he’s ready to return to coaching. Let’s not forget about Mourinho’s delicate position at Real Madrid at present; it’s possible that all the Chelsea talk could be a smoke screen for an even bigger move up North-his desire and ambition to succeed Ferguson has never been a secret.
The footballing world has been rocked by this announcement, and it’s safe to say that English Football will never be the same again. Farewell Fergie, and thanks for the memories.