Alex Ferguson To Retire After 26 Years At Manchester United


Some good news for Newcastle today, which should make our assault on the Premier League a little easier next season –  Sir Alex Ferguson has just announced that he will retire at the end of this season.

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Alex Ferguson – one of the all time greats in management

We’re just kidding of course, but now the question is who will replace the 71 year-old, with Jose Mourinho almost certainly to join Chelsea in the summer.

It could well be David Moyes, whose contract at Everton ends in the summer – in the early betting David is 2-1 and Mourinho is 4-1.

Ferguson joined Manchester United on 6th November 1986,after a successful eight seasons at Aberdeen, and Alex has had unprecedented success at Manchester, and in his first full season in charge he had Manchester United second in the league to Liverpool.

But then in the next couple of seasons they team didn’t do too well and Ferguson was almost fired, but he had been assured by the Board behind the scenes, he would not be fired, because they understood a lot of their top players had been injured – sound familiar?

His current record at Manchester United is played 1,497 games, won 893, drawn 337, lost 267 for a win average of 59.65%.

In his overall management career – he also managed at East Stirlingshire and St. Mirren –  he managed in 2153 games and won 1251 for a win average of 58.13%.

Alex won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup five times, the League Cup four times, the UEFA Champions League twice, and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup once, and will go down in history as one of the greatest football managers of all time.

His record is simply phenomenal.

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64 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    May 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    ap please put in for it

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Bet Harry Redknapp thinks he can ger the job

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  • catchy in norway

    May 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    i think these are now in a minorityy group, it is a very small group of groupies that like AP rather than football, let alone NUFC

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Bet harry is pulling his car out to do an interview.

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Harry Redknapp will be claiming he was offered the job but wanted a bigger challenge

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  • kukubean

    May 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    NO no, That should be our aspiration. No matter how realistic the the goal is. Winning the Prem is very reason we are in the Prem.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    My congrtulations to Sir Alex. great manager.

    Made Pardew eat Oats with salt in it. Told him it was the scottish way.

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  • yo-yo

    May 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Apparently Howard Webb has issued a generous tribute – says SAF has been the best manager he’s worked under.

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  • woolerbill

    May 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    This is great new, maybe now visiting team might get a better deal from bent refs. He will not be missed outside Manchester. I’m sick of hearing what he has done for football, nothing he filled his pockets and got a knighthood from a sick little warmunger.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Deary me, comparing Jose as a defensive coach is outrageous to even be put in any sort of context with Pardew. Pardew has consistently FAILED at all the clubs, produced record defeats and runs wherever he’s been at, on top of low morale left among staff everywhere, whereas everyone knows Jose’s pedigree.

    As for Moyes, he hasn’t been pushing for relegation at numerous clubs like Pardew has, plus, he is simply not Alan Pardew. Different man entirely.

    He has a a strong philosophy he says, yet it is not working and yet he still persists with a natural striker playing on the right wing to accommodate a generally highly ineffective Shola strolling about contributing to one goal and one assist this season. All from 4 starts and 19 sub appearances (which is the usual 60 minute or 65 minute mark). All those games Shola has played are games where Cisse isn’t getting into goal scoring positions because he’s away on the touchline. Never mind on top of the 19 games when Ba was here. Cisse has hardly played there, never mind had an abundance of quality provided for him.

    That alone, is dreadful management.

    …And he tells us “subs have made an impact”. We had one shot on goal in the second half of West Brom I think it was. What impact is that exactly Alan?

    He’s conning everyone with what people think they want to hear, but in actual fact, if people even take a bit of notice, it’s not what is manifesting itself on the pitch.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    yo-yo

    classiiiccccc

    lmao

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  • G

    May 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    in reply to post 1, rumour has it that the ad will be going on the job centre website, with the words ‘Alan Pardew need not apply’.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    yoyo

    brilliant stuff

    catchy

    stop complaining about pardew, he does deliver, just not what anybody wants haha

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    catchy

    and has pardew never told you he is a winner? do you not listen? haha

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  • Spellcheck

    May 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    @7 Indian thats possibly the funniest thing you’ve ever typed,keep it up!!!Keep the faith.

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  • GenralHez

    May 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Farewell and good luck to Sir Alex; the best British manager for the last 20 years.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    we need to watch it lads Dean Saunders has been sacked so MA will probably want him here

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  • yo-yo

    May 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Catchy

    Agree to disagree

    I think you’ll be surprised at how many supporters do not hate Pardew and actually will give him another half a season if we survive
    It is easy for entrenched views to think they are in the majority
    Please don’t confuse your ‘opinions’ with ‘facts’. The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

    It is very very dificult to have any reaosoned debate about the future at the rpesent time and a lot of posters are simply not here. We’ll wait till the dust settles.

    Personally I think we need a rethink of the recruitment policy as well as the coaching side. Every decision Mashley makes seems to be a very high risk strategy.

    The biggest problem over the last ten to fifteen years at the Toon has been the leaky defence – almost regardless of manager.

    That’s one thing SAF has been very very good at -organising his teams and gelling players of different styles.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #19

    good luck Sir Alex, amazing manager and will be sadly missed in Premier League

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    YO -YO @ 18 May be

    But Pardew should be sacked and sacked immediately.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    indian

    I agree, sacked after the arsenal game.

    In reality we can’t really do a great deal worse with who we’d get so more than worth the risk sacking him.

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  • mattnufc

    May 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22
  • RonVanDam

    May 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #23

    I guess that’s the end of fergi time

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  • Joe Blog

    May 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Ahhh, finally, the tyrant has given way. Will be very interesting to see how Man U cope with the meltdown, their fans are already entering a fugue state 🙂

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  • Dagga

    May 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    @ Laurent Robert 32

    I am not trying to say Pardew is of the same calibre as Mourinho. The point I was trying to make was linking of style to quality of manager is wrong. Looking to protect a lead in the last quarter of a game is not the mark of a bad manager. Pardew did it against Reading, Mourinho would do it against Man Utd, Barca etc. The gulf in class is not being disputed it is the use of style as a measure of quality I disagree with.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Pardew will be popping his CV into the Man U Hierarchy…A Paint Trophy and a Manager of the season award will in bold type.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #27

    plenty talk going on about man utd

    Mourinho to come in

    also ronaldo to return. Man utd just currently negotiation a 300mil deal with nike who want to pay for ronaldo to join man utd (by adding an extra 60mil into the sponsorship) as ronaldo is sponsored by nike but currently wearing an addidas kit at madrid….man utd want him, he wants to return and nike want it….expect it to happen.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Ok, Dagga, fair enough.

    It’s not the last quarter though, it’s full halves.

    You can see on the pitch that sitting that far back, with zero emphasis on ball retention is simply putting even more pressure on our defence, yet he is persisting with it week in week out on top of player selections.

    I put up stats yesterday that we’ve conceded 44 goals in the second halves of games compared to 22 in the first half. This is no surprise, as we are quite easily scared to hold the ball, never mind attack. It’s obvious to see at the matches. Lack of movement, they look like statues at times. This is all simple coaching and communication which is the manager’s job to convey.

    He persists with it and is perilously close to taking us down, that is what is peeving everyone off so much. He’s not learning.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #29

    TS – I agree m8, I think it is Mourinho all the way to replace. Remember Real beating Utd in ECL and then not saying much post match but what stuck with me was when he said ‘the best team lost’ and then done one quickly! I also heard the Nike rumour of paying the fee to bring Ronaldo back but Utd will struggle to pay his astro wages with FFP looming large!

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    krul

    FFP is toothless, will uefa really lose all their sponsorship money to kick out big teams like man utd or real madrid if they over spend? not a chance.

    I think his wages are a drop in the ocean in terms on man utd income anyway.

    even 300k a week would be 15mil a year…when you think their total wage bill that won’t be a huge amount anyway.

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  • danuneek

    May 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    This could work to our advantage, with all the manager shuffling it might free up a decent tactician/coach for us. Benitez?

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  • Sack Llambias

    May 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Dagga
    Your right defensive football at various stages of a game not only nullifies the oppositions play but can totally control the play. For much of Mourinho’s time at Chelsea particularly at home he was a defensive manager. You have to have the right players to keep possession in orders to kill of games.
    Nice to discover someone on here who hasn’t been brain washed by those on a loop.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #33

    danueek

    it may well do, there will be so much movement this year with mourinho, ferguson, guardiola, heynkes (bayern manager), benitez, moyes all moving + countless others who will too.

    There is going to be a lot of player movement as well, falcao, ronaldo, bale, suarez…lots of activity

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #34

    sack llambias

    chelsea still averaged over 2.5 goals a game under mourinho

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #35

    I think he would be cancerous to the Utd dressing room if he went back to them, defo not a team player, I’m all for him returning…. it will take a special manager to manage him and his ego.

    With all the cryptic crap Mourinho has been spouting of late about wanting to go where he is loved (England IMO, not Chelsea), it is Utd all the way…

    I’m off to the bookies!!! 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #36

    Alex won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup five times, the League Cup four times, the UEFA Champions League twice, and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup once, and will go down in history as one of the greatest football managers of all time.

    MEANWHILE Pardew has won the Johnson Painter Trophy!!!!!!!

    Fray

    We are 17th,
    playing the worst anti-football with the best squad I’ve ever seen and
    we have the most incompetent manager I’ve ever known.
    HAPPY DAYS – NOT!!

    People like you just twiddle their thumbs while the ship goes down and accept wholesale spineless mediocrity.
    Why aren’t you mad as hell? Do you have any passion
    at all or is this football malarkey not really your bag?

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  • Rainrix

    May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #37

    Sack Llambias…. At least jose knows that you can be defensive by keeping a hold of the ball and pressing high up. Theres nothing wrong with defensive football if its done right, the crux of it is that pardew simply cant do it right even though its his “style”.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #38

    Pardew and Mourinho comparisons are totally idiotic, in whatever form they are in!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #39

    In an pie in the sky world, we could hold on to the ball and out pass the opposition and tighten up in second halves.

    Fact is, we aren’t doing that when Pardew discourages people to attack. They sit, well into our own half and you’ll see the ball knocked up to an isolated Cisse with maybe one player running to try and support, with the rest sat back waiting for the ball to come back to try and hold their positions. Can’t see it so much on TV, cos they’re all off the screen(!) but at the games it’s there for all to see.

    If you try and hold on to the ball like this, you are just inviting pressure onto you, never mind the drain on the players’ minds knowing that for full second halves they cannot express themselves by actually playing football, but instead have to chase round after other players and not push forward.

    Like I said, worst or joint worst goals conceded at every of the three 15 minute periods in the second half.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #40

    Could the people comparing Mourinho to Pardew kindly vacate the room now. The nice men in white coats will
    see to you shortly before you undergo your delusional therapy sessions.

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