Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he is perhaps finding post-football management life more exhausting than when he was in one of the biggest jobs in the sport.
As relayed by the Daily Mirror, Fergie, who relinquished his position as manager of Manchester United in 2013, offered an insight into how his days are filled now, surprising many by suggesting that his schedule has him more tired than the one that saw him charged with organising things at one of the world’s top clubs.
United ran rampant during Ferguson’s reign, collecting trophies in abundance and surpassing Liverpool as the most successful English side his history with regards to top domestic titles. They’ve somewhat fallen off the wagon since his decision to retire but, as the 73-year-old has made clear, it’s not been an easy ride for him either.
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"I'm making sure that I'm active, that's important when you retire and I've got many things on my plate," he said.
"It's funny because it's a different type of work, where as at United I would be in every morning at quarter to seven and be there to tea time, it's the one constant thing in your life.
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"Now, it's different things so that's probably more exhausting.
"I don't get up at six in the morning any more that's for sure, I have a long lie now and again."
Ferguson was speaking at an event aimed to raise money for a statue to be built of Govan heroine Mary Barbour - Ferguson himself was born in Govan - who led rent strikes during the First World War. The ex-Red Devils boss donated £5,000 towards the overall figure needed, though anything he does now is likely to be overshadowed by his illustrious career in the dugout.
The Scot’s legacy is such that many United fans hail him as the greatest manager their club has ever had - no mean feat considering the likes of Sir Matt Busby once called Old Trafford home. Had he elected to stay on as manager there would have been little complaint from the stands in 2013, a point solidified by the fact that his immediate successor, David Moyes, fared so poorly in his wake.
Now under Louis van Gaal though United look like they’re on their way back to competing with the best. The Dutchman has a similar aura of authority as Ferguson, and the money he has spent so far has attracted some of the world’s most reputable names to Old Trafford.
Yet one wonders just how much further Ferguson might have been able to go had he stayed in the job that had been his for 27 years.
The squad he left was ageing, with many still surprised at how they managed to win the Premier League with such ease the year before he stepped down. In any case it adds to his allure, but the question will always remain, did he leave United when they could have done with his wisdom most?
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