End of a Dynasty, Goodbye Alex Ferguson

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The greatest manager in soccer is retiring. A true master of not only the sport but also of the position of manage. United confirmed the news on their website this morning.

“The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly,” said Ferguson. “It is the right time.”

Ferguson’s last game in charge will be at West Brom on May 19 and he will join the club’s football board.

“It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so,” he said.

“The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.”

Not even the soccer gods could have as good of a career as Ferguson did and he will truly be missed. I’ll deeply miss him that I know. I bleed red for Man U.

He won his 49th trophy in United’s 20th league championship and seemed set to
extend his career into next season, confirming as much in his programme notes
ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Chelsea.

He leavesa club behind in good shape  for whoever is next in line.

“Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world,” said Ferguson.

“Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future.”

“I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential.”

“My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me.”

“As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all
for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to
deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of
this great club would not be as rich.”

The speculation intensified Tuesday afternoon and United’s failure to respond to questioning about the matter further fuelled the rumors overnight.

Now, Ferguson is left to look back on the power-shift in English football that he has instigated. We all can look back at the great accomplishments Ferguson’s done in the past. Hopefully the power will continue to be in Man U’s side of the field.

“In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team,” said Ferguson.”

“Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy chief executive in David Gill.”

“I am truly grateful to all of them. To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling.”

“It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United.”

Now, for the first time in over a quarter of a century, United are on the hunt for a new manager. David Moyes, out of contract at Everton, and Jose Mourinho, who is expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, are the obvious favourites. I’ll be reading up in this over the break to find out who the new manager is going to be. Can’t wait to see what happens, a good end for the perfect dynasty.

Goodbye Sir Alex Ferguson

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