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Goodbye Fergie

 

It is the end of an era in English football, after Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from football on Wednesday morning.

He will take a role in Manchester United's boardroom.

The combative 71-year-old Glaswegian manager been in charge of Manchester United since 1986, and was the inspiration behind their utter domination of modern British football.

He goes out on a high, having comfortably led a distinctly average United squad to their 20th top-flight title.

Until this morning, Fergie had been the longest serving manager in British top-flight history, and has a personal trophy collection most entire clubs can only dream of.

He won the Premier League 13 times and the FA Cup five times, and his only regret will be failing to win more than two Champions League trophies, especially during the period when English football dominated Europe.

With 49 trophies in total, Fergie is the most winning manager in British football history, and his feats are unlikely to ever be repeated.

"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,” he said, announcing the bombshell that United fans around the world have long been afraid of.

"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.

In his announcement Fergie thanked everyone who played a role in his storied United career from Bobby Charlton, his many players to Chief Executive, David Gill.

And he signed off with an emotional tribute to United’s global fan base.

"To the fans, thank you,” he said.

“The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United."

United are yet to announce the brave man who will step into Fergie's massive shoes in the dugout at the Theatre of Dreams.

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