Premier League champions Manchester United has been rocked by the news regarding their long-time manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who is calling it a day after 26 years in charge at the club.
The Scot signed from Aberdeen in 1986 has gone on to become the most successful manager in English football history, and leaves a legacy that not many managers have the calibre to live up to.
Manchester United owners paid tribute to their outgoing manager by saying that they want Sir Alex to be a part of Manchester United’s future.
Joel Glazer said: “Alex has proven time and time again what a fantastic manager he is but he’s also a wonderful person. His determination to succeed and dedication to the club have been truly remarkable.
"I will always cherish the wonderful memories he has given us, like that magical night in Moscow."
Avi Glazer regarding Sir Alex Ferguson, said: “I am delighted to announce that Alex has agreed to stay with the Club as a director. His contributions to Manchester United over the last 26 years have been extraordinary and, like all United fans, I want him to be a part of its future.”
David Gill, a long time friend of Sir Alex, and the chief executive at Old Trafford, said: “I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of working very closely with Alex for 16 unforgettable years – through the Treble, the double, countless trophy wins and numerous signings.
“We knew that his retirement would come one day and we both have been planning for it by ensuring the quality of the squad and club structures are in first class condition.
“Alex’s vision, energy and ability have built teams – both on and off the pitch – that his successor can count on as among the best and most loyal in world sport.
“The way he cares for this club, his staff and for the football family in general is something that I admire. It is a side to him that is often hidden from public view but it is something that I have been privileged to witness in the last 16 years.
“What he has done for this club and for the game in general will never be forgotten. It has been the greatest experience of my working life being alongside Alex and a great honour to be able to call him a friend.”
Ferguson would have managed 1500 games for Manchester United by the time his last game in charge comes around against West Brom. In his time at Manchester United, Ferguson won every possible club honour imaginable from the 13 Premier League titles to five FA Cup wins and the 2 Champions League titles on top of four League Cup titles, a Cup Winners' Cup, a World Club Championship and numerous other titles.
In his time at the club Sir Alex saw the arrival and departure of some of the world’s greatest players from Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mark Hughes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and many others. All these players witnessed till today lay testament to the sheer desire to win that Sir Alex possesses.
With United crowned champions of the Premier League after beating off the challenge from Manchester City, Sir Alex leaves the club he loves in a very healthy state, and with some great talents coming through the youth academy United can be assured of players with great potential representing Manchester United for the years ahead.
Sir Alex’s reign at Old Trafford might be coming to an end but the memories he provided to the United faithful shall echo within the confines of Old Trafford and world football for years to come.
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