One of the most successful coaches in the history of football is near the end of his career. That’s because, according to the press in the UK, Sir Alex Ferguson will retire from his position as coach of Manchester United at the end of this week for health reasons.
Although no official announcement has been made, The Telegraph claims that the Scottish manager will announce his withdrawal at the match with Swansea in the 37th fixture from the Premier League, Sunday, May 12.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s withdrawal as principal of the Red Devils coincides with a foot surgery, which will be subject to United’s coach in August of this year.
Another reason of the withdrawal seems to be David Gill’s departure, chief executive, who will be replaced by Ed Woodward. The media in England talks about Ferguson’s possible replacement at the helm of the club from Old Trafford. Favorite seems to be David Moyes, Everton’s current coach, who will leave the team from Liverpool at the end of this season.
And the Portuguese Jose Mourinho could be an option. Moreover, the very Ferguson, a friend of him, shows him repeatedly as the best successor to the United. British journalists even tell that Mourinho had lunch last Sunday at Manchester with Joel Glazer, one of the club’s owners.
So, after 26 years in charge, the 71-year-old manager is ready to say “Goodbye” to the team that took it on first position in England in terms of the number of trophies. Moreover, even this season Manchester United with Ferguson on the bench won the title with the number 20 in club history, with five rounds before the end of the season in the Premier League.
In the 26 years leading the Red Devils, Ferguson has won 13 championship titles in England, 5 FA Cups, 4 Capital One Cups, 10 Community Shield, 2 Champions Leagues, 1 Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 European Supercup , 1 Intercontinental Cup and the Club’s World Championship.