Sir Alex Ferguson retires

Sir Alex Ferguson retires

Excuse me, I am fighting back tears as I type this. It cannot be! My cognitions are in total dissonance, as I struggle to cope with the reality that has engulfed the football world. I should have seen it coming, especially when bets were being placed highly in favour of the great Sir Alex retiring.

Unlike the other blogs and sites, I will leave the jaw-dropping statistics for another day, and focus on the bigger picture- well, at least try to anyway.

According to various media sources, Fergie arrived at Carrington at 6.50am, made some phone calls and gathered his troops to deliver arguably the toughest eight minute speech of his entire career.

By 9.30am, all the Manchester United staff were aware of his announcement, and a sombre mood swept across the Red half of Manchester.

By 10.15am, the entire world was aware of the devastating news- Sir Alex Ferguson had decided to call it quits on his glittering managerial career.

“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.” And the rest was history.

After thanking the staff, players, owners, fans and the footballing world for all their support during his tenure, Fergie will now make the odd step of exiting the managerial arena and the Manchester United dugout- his home for 26 years.

Although his retirement announcement was sudden, he had been preparing United long in advance for his ultimate retirement.

“It was important to me to leave an organization 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.”

After over 1000 games in charge, it is evident he cannot just leave the club in all capacities.

“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.”

Bookies have been busy, with the odds of Everton’s David Moyes seemingly the likliest of candidates to fill the ginormous shoes that have been vacated by Ferguson.

The football greats; Eric Cantona, Michel Platini as well Schmiechel have all voiced their respect for Fergie, appreciated his tremendous contribution to the game and say he will be dearly missed. They aren’t the only ones to feel that way- the entire soccer world have echoed those sentiments.

Manchester United are a great team, but do face the possibility of a transitional period- and rightly so. Their game may change, however their undying attitude will forever remain.

I can foresee a period where Manchester United will be sluggish, playing without a definitive identity as well as drop uncharacteristic points. However, that won’t last; who knows, I may be totally wrong, and the next manager may fit into the club seamlessly!

As for now, I join the rest of the world in trying to figure out how the dawn of a new Manchester United era will look like and cope after the significant loss of a football guru.

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