Alex Ferguson, the long time Manchester United manager, has decided to retire, the team confirms. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Ferguson Will Retire at the End of the Season
Manchester United officials confirmed that Ferguson’s career with the team will come to a close at the end of this season. He’ll only coach two more games before a still-unannounced successor takes over. Here’s a part of his statement, from Sky News:
The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape, and I believe I have done so.
Ferguson himself tweeted that he was retiring as well.
After many years with Manchester United, I have decided that the time has come to call it a day. It has been such a honour. Thank you all.
— Sir Alex Ferguson (@MrAlexFerguson) May 8, 2013
2. Ferguson Has Been With Manchester United For Almost 30 Years
Ferguson has been one of the faces for Manchester United, and is as well-known as United’s famous stadium, Old Trafford. Ferguson has been with Manchester United for 26 seasons. He’s won 13 Premier League title with Manchester United and is widely regarded as one of the best and most famous managers in British soccer history.
3. He’s Also One of the Most Decorated Managers In Soccer
Sky News reports that Ferguson may be one of the most decorated coaches in all of sports:
He won 49 trophies during his career – his haul with Manchester United including five FA Cups, four league cups and two famous Champions League titles, in 1999 and 2008.
4. Everton’s David Moyes May Take Over
Also according to Sky News, a deal with Ferguson’s successor is already in place and been approved by the team’s board. Most are saying that Everton’s manager David Moyes will be replacing the soccer legend.
5. His Ex-Players Have Been Tweeting Their Support
Players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Owen have been tweeting about their former coach.
What an act to follow. I guess only Mourinho would have the confidence to strut through the door. If it were me, I’d go for Moyes.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 8, 2013
Thanks for everything, Boss. twitter.com/Cristiano/stat…
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 8, 2013