8 May, 2013 - 09:43

Man Utd Ferguson confirms his retirement

Man Utd Ferguson confirms his retirement

Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed his retirement from football after 27 years at Manchester United.

The 71-year-old Scot joined Manchester United back in 1986 and has since rebuilt United’ empire, claiming 49 trophies. Ferguson leaves United on a high, after winning his 13th Premier League title.

Ferguson said: “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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Manchester United’s final game of the season against West Brom on May 19 will be 1,500th with Ferguson in charge.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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