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Alex Ferguson Calls Time on Career

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The most decorated and greatest ever manager Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season, 26 and a half years since his appointment to Manchester United in November 1986. The news that a 71-year-old is retiring shouldn’t be as big a shock as it is but Ferguson never alluded to retiring at all during the close of the season and even was actively planning for the next season. In his last program notes – against Chelsea – he said, “This team of Champions is not going away, we are here for the long time!” unfortunately, when he used the term ‘team’ he didn’t see himself in it.

Ferguson will leave United after guiding them too 13 League Titles 2 European Cups and 5 FA Cups. But his most outstanding achievement is his longevity. A week is a long time in football and Alex Ferguson has been at the helm of Manchester United for well over 1,300 weeks. Compare that to current Spurs’ manager Andre Villas-Boas 39 weeks in charge of Chelsea and you can begin to appreciate the time dedicated to United Fergie has given.

He came to the job in November 1986, Manchester United were 19th (out of 22 teams in the league) and it was 20 years since United last won the league, the club always hailed itself as one of the best in the country but at the time couldn’t back it with trophies during that period. Ferguson adamant to change set out a challenge for himself; the challenge was to make Manchester United the best team in England once again. It was something he achieved in 1993 when United won the inaugural Premier League title and were champions of England for the first time since 1967. But Ferguson’s drive, fire, and ambition was bigger than this. To be the best team in England you can’t just win the league once, you have to dominate and dominate he did. 10 years in to the re-branding of the top flight of English football United won it seven times. But Ferguson’s success didn’t stop short at the league, Fergie added to league successes with five FA Cups, two European Cups four League Cups an Intercontinental Cup and a World Club Cup.

Ferguson’s proudest hour came in Barcelona in 1999. Trailing 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the 90th minute United scored two late goals and completed one of the greatest comebacks in European history. But this mentality wasn’t a once of for Fergie’s team, it was something he instilled into all his sides and late winners have been a hallmark of United under Ferguson and it certainly wasn’t coincidental. Fergie added a second European Cup in 2008 when his United side headed with Ballon d’Or winning Ronaldo won 6-5 on penalties to Avram Grant’s Chelsea. This second European success confirmed Ferguson as the best manager of all time as some critics questioned his sole European success. Ferguson has since had a stand named after him at Old Trafford and a statue outside of it also.

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Of course Ferguson’s tenure is not just at Manchester United, his first step into management was with St Mirren a role that eventually led to him getting the Aberdeen job where he would make his name. At Aberdeen he won three league titles and a couple of SFA Cups too, his first title with Aberdeen meant for the first time in 15 years a side other than Celtic or Rangers were crowned Champions of Scotland. Ferguson also made it aware that his talents weren’t restricted to Scotland winning in Europe twice, the Cup Winners Cup and The Super Cup. He also had a spell with the Scottish national side when he stepped in after the untimely death at manager Jock Stein.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s honours list: fergie treble

Premier League titles – 13
European Cups – 2
Fa Cups – 5
Scottish First Division – 3
Scottish FA Cups – 4
English League Cup – 4
Scottish League Cup – 1
European Cup Winners’ Cup – 2
European Super Cup – 2
Community/Charity Shield – 13

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Fergie Bits Back At Suarez

Alex Ferguson has responded to claims by Luis Suarez that Manchester United control the politics in the English game.

Ferguson who wants the issue put to bed said of the comments “It’s not going to go away if Suarez keeps on making headlines out of it. It was nothing to do with Manchester United.”

Liverpool boss at the time of the incident, Kenny Dalglish, was sacked at the end of the season and Fergie believes it was his support of Luis Suarez that ultimately cost him his job. He said “I think John Henry has obviously looked at the Suarez incident and felt it wasn’t handled in the right way. I think that must have been part of it. It certainly wasn’t a nice thing to happen, you know.”

The United boss also claims he wasn’t surprised at his fellow countryman’s sacking.

Suarez was banned for eight matches by the FA and Liverpool boss always backed his striker, among his continued backing of Suarez in the media it was also Dalglish’s idea that the Liverpool squad would wear t-shirts in support of their banned teammate.

Suarez’s comments may have come of a surprise to many after new Liverpool boss, Brendan Rogers, said it is time for Suarez to move on and for the whole issue to be consigned to the past.

Ferguson was speaking in Durban, South Africa as United kicked off their pre-season with a 1-0 win against AmaZulu.