Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that he wasn't surprised about Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire from management, but believes he will relish the opportunity to be out of the game.
The news that shocked the footballing world broke early last week and Ferguson is now ready to end his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford, while Everton boss David Moyes is ready to replace the longest-serving manager in England.
Ferguson decided to retire from management, but he will still be heavily involved with Manchester United as a director at Old Trafford.
Despite the news coming out and shocking the footballing world, Wenger revealed that he predicted this would be Ferguson's last season as the United boss and believes there were certain signs that gave away it could be his last season.
Wenger apparently told his coaching staff that it could be Sir Alex's final season and, as another man who knows what it's like to manage at the top for a long-period of time, Wenger respects Ferguson's decision.
"I told my staff a long time ago I think that it will be Alex Ferguson's last year," he told Arsenal.com. "So I was not completely surprised. I detected a few signs through the season that it could be his final year. There was already one of them before the season started.
"[Am I] disappointed? No, you have to respect [his decision], you have to accept that after 71 years of age he has the right to decide.
"After 26 years, he just won the championship, he knows it will be more difficult even for Man United to have the consistency they had before because there are so many teams who have financial power."
Despite being in the game for so long, Wenger believes Ferguson will relish retirement as it means he can spend time doing things he likes.
"He is luckier than me because he likes horses, he likes golf, so he can certainly have an interesting life again," said the Arsenal manager. "But of course when you have been such a long time involved in every [game]… our job is always looking forward to the next game, so you are always motivated by that. At the start [of retirement] it is difficult to miss that."
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