A great legend, leader, and a true football manager has announced his retirement from the wonderful game of football at the end of this season. This will be our little contribution and a final respect to a true master of all managers, Sir Alex Ferguson…
This is the end of a great era in which Manchester United had its greatest accomplishments, and they can thank it all to one man, Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson, born in Glasgow on 31st December 1941. The era began 26 years ago, when the charismatic Scot took over at the helm of Manchester United.
History as a manager
His first venture into management was with East Stirlingshire where he was appointed in June 1974. After leaving The Shire, Ferguson took charge of St. Mirren where he stayed until June 1978. Ferguson’s Buddies team lifted the Scottish First Division in 1977.
After leaving The Buddies, Ferguson enjoyed an eight year spell at Aberdeen. During his time with The Dons, Ferguson’s team lifted the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in 1980, 1984 and 1985, won the Scottish FA Cup 4 times between 1982 and 1986, won the European Cup Winner Cup in 1983, won the European Super Cup in 1983 and won the Scottish League Cup in 1985.
Ferguson also had a brief spell in charge of Scotland between October 1985 and July 1986.
Ferguson joined his current club Manchester United in November 1986 and has managed the Red Devils for an incredible twenty-six years. Under his guidance, Ferguson’s Manchester United side have lifted the FA Cup in 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004, won the Community Shield 9 times between 1990 and 2010, won the European Cup Winner Cup in 1991, won the European Super Cup in 1991, won the League Cup 4 times between 1992 and 2010, won the Premier League 13 times between 1993 and 2013, won the Champions League in 1999 and 2008, won the Intercontinental Cup in 1999 and won the Club World Championship in 2008.
Sir Alex has been recognised for his talent and achievements with several awards: Named English Premier Division Manager of the Year on ten occasions.
Alex Ferguson attributes in Football Manager 2013
He always had a World Class reputation that was followed with great attributes. And have you noticed how guys from Sports Interactive somehow knew that he will retire at the end of this season!?
Every time we played in Premier League, Sir Alex retired at the end of the first season and his replacement would be, most of the times, Jose Mourunho. Will this be the case in real life? Well we will have to wait and see.
Announcing his decision to retire, Sir Alex 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.”
Our final words
There is not much left to say that hasn’t been said already. We, as a Football Manager players and manager wannabes, give our greatest respect to Sir Alex.
You were, and still will be an amazing inspiration not just to us FM players, but also to real life managers that look up to you and admire your work and your career. We hope you’ll still stay in football as an Director of Football and continue your great work in a different field at the club.
Only one unanswered question remains… Who will now take the hot seat of Manchester United? Some speculate it will be Jose Mourinho, the others say it will be another great Scotsman, David Moyes the current manager of Everton. What’s your opinion?
No matter who ever replaces him, will never reach the same glory as Sir Alex.
Once again, thank You Sir Alex, we will forever miss you on the football pitch, you were the one and only.