I can’t be the only person that has noticed an increase in speculation from the press, as well as words from Sir Alex himself on retirement?
Last week Sir Alex voiced his support for Ryan Giggs as Manchester United’s next manager, former player Dion Dublin echoed his thoughts and this week Sir Alex is talking of wanting an ambassadorial role upon retiring.
So where has all this talk come from?
Despite the big business that is ‘fantasy football’ we have usually deal with reality in football. There comes a day when that player that you thought would be a blazing a trail down the wing forever loses his legs, the pace goes and he has to retire (unless you’re Ryan Giggs and you adapt your style of course!) Or what about the fresh faced striker that you thought would be a world beater but invariably didn’t live up to expectations and now earns a living in League 2?
These are the facts of life, nothing is ever as fairytale as TV and films portray so despite how young he looks and seems, Sir Alex at 70 will be looking to call it a day, sooner rather than later.
He has shown no signs of deteriorating despite the complaints of some fans, and the CL final win, appearances and league titles are a testament to this, but nothing can last forever. It is often said and very much believed by all, that the day Sir Alex decides to call it quits football but more importantly Manchester United will suffer.
We’ve seen it before when Sir Matt retired and Wilf McGuiness was drafted in to replace him, following in the footsteps of giants is no easy thing and there isn’t a soul on earth that envies the man that is tasked with replacing Sir Alex.
Speaking to the BBC’S Radio 5 Live, Sir Alex himself said:
“I don’t know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don’t think another two or three years would harm me any.”
You never know really when Ferguson will leave. Every season he says another 2-3 years, but he did say that 2-3 years ago as well. I think he said that when he leaves we wouldn’t see it coming. If he managed to beat Man City to the title this season he might just see that as his exit. He said he would like to leave at the top. I guess beating Man City to the title would constitute that, as well as putting Man Utd two titles ahead of Liverpool.
Fairytale endings don’t really exist, and for many of us we would like him to leave with the Champions League in his hands. He would probably love that as well. He is a realist though and he knows that sometimes you can’t always have that kid of finish. If you chase a dream like that then it could turn into a nightmare and you end up leaving on a low.
I would love him to stay for another 2-3 or even 10 years if it was possible. He is the best manager in the world and I would love him to win one more European Cup. I just wouldn’t be surprised to see him announce his retirement if he wins the title this season.