The news broke today that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will retire from his post come the end of the season, which will end his 27-year tenure at Old Trafford.
Reports originally came out last night that the manager was seriously thinking about his future, but the club refused to make any formal comments. The news broke this morning that the reports were true and that Ferguson will retire come the end of the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson has become the most successful manager in English football history after helping United win 49 titles in total including 13 league titles.
The news has shaken the footballing world and has sparked a lot of speculation about who will take over from the legend.
Currently Everton's David Moyes is in pole-position to take over at Old Trafford, but Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho is also a possible candidate.
The news that Sir Alex will be retiring come the end of the season has sparked a lot of reactions from a lot of people, not only in the sporting world, but in global news.
Below are some comments made from public figures about Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.
“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Sir Alex Ferguson health and happiness following the announcement of his retirement as Manchester United manager.”
Chelsea FC @chelseafc
“All at #CFC would like to wish Sir Alex Ferguson the very best in his retirement. He has been a fantastic adversary over 26 years.”
Michael Essien @MichaelEssien
“Sir Alex. A legend and one of the greatest managers ever. Good luck in your retirement. #respect”
Vincent Kompany @VincentKompany
“Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.”
Michael Owen @themichaelowen
“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.”
Ed Miliband @Ed_Miliband
“Proud man. Great manager. Staunch Labour Party supporter. Sir Alex Ferguson will never be forgotten.”
David Cameron @David_Cameron
“Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievement at #MUFC has been exceptional. Hopefully his retirement will make life a little easier for my team #AVFC”
Didi Hamann @DietmarHamann
“Well done and happy retirement to Sir Alex.What he has achieved will never be repeated.Plenty of time to watch early morning gallops now.”
Ruud van Nistelrooy @RvN1776
“2001-2006, 219 games,150 goals under the most successful manager in football history. It was a unique privilege. #SAF”
Peter Schmeichel @Pschmeichel1
“Disappointed, shocked, sad. Didn't think THAT day would be today.”
Patrick Vieira @OfficialVieira
“It is the end of an era for a truly great ambassador, not only for the Premier League but for football overall. Best of luck to Sir Alex.”
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