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BREAKING NEWS: Sir Alex Ferguson to retire - latest - LIVE

by BBC
08 May 2013 at 17:57hrs | Views
We are live as we bring you all the latest on Sir Alex Ferguson's future at Manchester United after reports late on Tuesday suggested there could be an announcement on his future at the Premier League champions this week.

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So with plenty of speculation around regarding the future of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, we want to hear your thoughts on the reports you are waking up to today.

If Ferguson is to retire, is this the right time? Everton boss David Moyes and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho have both been linked with taking over if the reports prove true. Are they the best candidates or are there others out there? Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund maybe?

Ferguson has been manager of United since 1986, what are your best memories of his time at the club so far?
  • Admin

    08 May 2013 at 19:49hrs

    Thank you all for taking part in this discussion. This Live Update has been closed but you can still comment at the bottom.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 16:05hrs

    They have David Moyes and Jose Mourinho down as favourites, with Moyes looking more likely. As far as they are concerned Mourinho had a verbal agreement with Chelsea ahead of this announcement. Serrano says anything can happen though and recalls the quotes of Mourinho talking about United when they met in the Champions League.

    Moyes is an unknown in Spain & he suggests that the current Everton boss would be seen as more of a transition manager, possibly even for Mourinho further down the line.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 15:10hrs

    Former Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira: "It is the end of an era for a truly great ambassador, not only for the Premier League but for football overall. Best of luck to Sir Alex."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 14:31hrs

    The Times is reporting that Everton manager David Moyes will be named as the new boss of Manchester United in the next 24 hours.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 14:05hrs

    Front page of Wednesday's Manchester Evening News: "Sir Alex Quits".

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 13:41hrs

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who is on loan at Marseille: "Fergie retires. What an act to follow. All the best to whoever picks up the gauntlet. Looks like Moyes. Big loss for EFC but great opportunity."

  • Roy Moyo

    08 May 2013 at 13:30hrs

    Former Man United captain Steve Bruce on reports that Everton manager David Moyes could be named the next manager of Manchester United tells Sky Sports: "It would not surprise me. He's a very talented manager who has been at Everton for more than 10 years.

    "He's not had huge finances but he has still managed to put an Everton team together that will comfortably finish in the top 10. He has been in the job a long time and he has all the credentials to be a top manager for Manchester United."

  • Roy Moyo

    08 May 2013 at 13:29hrs

    Uefa president Michel Platini: "Sir Alex has made a massive contribution to football, not only in Scotland and in England, but across Europe and beyond. His dedication, his attention to detail and his unique eye for talent, as both the manager of Manchester United and Aberdeen, has brought rich rewards over a 30-year period.

    "His CV is almost unique in a results-based profession that normally focuses on short-term solutions rather than long-term vision."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 11:39hrs

    Prime Minister David Cameron says: "Sir Alex Ferguson's achievement at Manchester United has been exceptional. Hopefully his retirement will make life a little easier for my team Aston Villa."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 11:29hrs

    Chelsea pay tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson, saying: "All at Chelsea would like to wish Sir Alex Ferguson the very best in his retirement. He has been a fantastic adversary over 26 years."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 11:29hrs

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter: "Just heard Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring at end of season. His achievements in the game place him without doubt as one of the 'greats'. Was honour to present Sir Alex with award at 2011 Ballon D'Or. Will his longevity at the top ever be repeated?"

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:54hrs

    Manchester United statement reads: "The most successful manager in English football history will bow out after the West Bromwich Albion game on 19 May and join the football club board."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:54hrs

    Sir Alex Ferguson was unveiled as manager of Manchester United on 7 November 1986 - 26 years and 38 trophies later, he announces his retirement.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:51hrs

    "The way he cares for this club, his staff and for the football family in general is something that I admire. It is a side to him that is often hidden from public view but it is something that I have been privileged to witness in the last 16 years.

    "What he has done for this club and for the game in general will never be forgotten. It has been the greatest experience of my working life being alongside Alex and a great honour to be able to call him a friend."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:51hrs

    "Alex's vision, energy and ability have built teams - both on and off the pitch - that his successor can count on as among the best and most loyal in world sport."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:50hrs

    Manchester United chief executive David Gill says: "I've had the tremendous pleasure of working very closely with Alex for 16 unforgettable years - through the Treble, the double, countless trophy wins and numerous signings.

    "We knew that his retirement would come one day and we both have been planning for it by ensuring the quality of the squad and club structures are in first class condition.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:50hrs

    Manchester United co-chairman Avie Glazer says: "I am delighted to announce that Alex has agreed to stay with the club as a director.

    "His contributions to Manchester United over the last 26 years have been extraordinary and, like all United fans, I want him to be a part of its future."

  • Moyo roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:49hrs

    Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer says: "Alex has proven time and time again what a fantastic manager he is but he's also a wonderful person. His determination to succeed and dedication to the club have been truly remarkable.

    "I will always cherish the wonderful memories he has given us, like that magical night in Moscow."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:44hrs

    Ferguson also thanks the Manchester United fans for their support over the decades.

    "The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling," says Ferguson.

    "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."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:44hrs

    "Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy Chief Executive in David Gill. I am truly grateful to all of them."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:44hrs

    "As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich.

    "In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:43hrs

    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."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:38hrs

    Ferguson says: "The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about & 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."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:25hrs

    A United statement reads: "The most successful manager in English football history will bow out after the West Bromwich Albion game on 19 May and join the football club board."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:07hrs

    BREAKING NEWS

    Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season, Manchester United confirms.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 10:00hrs

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "Let's hope the 'major announcement' at 2.30 is Ronaldo coming back rather than SAF stepping down."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:57hrs

    Where does Sir Alex Ferguson rank among the best football managers throughout the sport's history?

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:45hrs

    Only last weekend, in his programme notes for Sunday's Premier League defeat by Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson insisted he was intent on carrying on indefinitely.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:45hrs

    Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements at ManU.

    Premier League: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013; FA Cup: 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004; League Cup: 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010; Uefa Champions League: 1999, 2008; Fifa Club World Cup: 2008; Uefa Super Cup: 1992; Uefa Cup Winners Cup: 1991; Inter-Continental Cup: 1999; FA Charity/Community Shield: 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:43hrs

    After becoming Manchester United manager in 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson's job was reportedly in danger after a disappointing run of results early in the 1989-90 season.

    However, United recovered to win the FA Cup that year and more successes quickly followed, with the Reds winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991, the League Cup in 1992 and the inaugural Premier League title in 1993.

  • allen moyo

    08 May 2013 at 09:43hrs

    At 71 he should take a rest from futball to also give others a chance. He won everything a coach needs.He should go to his native and stay with his grandchildren

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:43hrs

    In August 1967, Sir Alex Ferguson moved to Rangers from Dunfermline Athletic for £65,000 and went on to score 25 goals in 41 appearances for the Scottish club. An old-fashioned centre forward, Ferguson spent his entire playing career in Scotland, retiring in 1974 while at Ayr United.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:42hrs

    Sir Alex Ferguson's first game in charge of Manchester United was a 2-0 defeat to Oxford back on 8 November 1986. That is 26 years ago.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:42hrs

    Sir Alex Ferguson was planning his summer transfer activity as recently as 30 April, saying at the time that he believes Manchester United will not be found wanting in the transfer market when the window opens.

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:41hrs

    Earlier this month, Ferguson said he had no plans to quit as ManUnited manager after the club confirmed he will have surgery in the summer.

    Ferguson, 71, will have a hip operation but insisted on 4 May his plans were unaffected.

    "It's always difficult in football to be absolutely sure of the future because the game has a habit of tripping you up," said Ferguson at the time. "I don't have any plans to walk away from what I believe will be something special and worth being around to see."

  • Moyo Roy

    08 May 2013 at 09:39hrs

    Manchester United are expected to make a statement to the New York Stock Exchange before it opens at 1430 BST.

    The Premier League champions are listed on the NYSE and its rules require a company to release statements about significant information that relates to how it is run.

  • BBC

    08 May 2013 at 09:39hrs

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