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Sir Alex Ferguson announces retirement: A Manager CV that will never be surpassed?

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

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.

Announcing his decision to retire, Sir Alex Ferguson said:

“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.

“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.
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“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, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me.

“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.

“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.

“To the fans, thank you. 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.”

Joel Glazer said:

“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.”

Avie Glazer said: “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.”

David Gill said:

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Rafael Benitez Mocked About His CV by Ferguson

A manager CV or in this instance an interim manager CV – would you want your CV to reflect your performance of your last interim role? Should you be concerned? Alex Ferguson, arguably the most successful British football manager of all time has stuck the boot (unavoidable pun) in to the Chelsea Manager Rafael Benitez CV this morning ahead of the Manchester United vs Chelsea at Old Trafford game on Sunday 5th of May 2013. Is it a fair blow? Yes and no. Benitez, whilst having the ability to alienate fans, is on paper quite a strong journey man. If we look at the win ratio for Benitez and compare with his peer group in the Premier League and add Jose Mourinho, the previous incumbent Roberto Di Matteo and Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes as comparatives:

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While his career win rate is a strong (in comparison with other managers) yet middling percentile he can show that as an interim he has delivered an increase on his personal overall performance. Unfortunately, the previous manager Roberto Di Matteo had a better personal performance record! When you compare with the results against his peer group and especially Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and the stellar achievement of Jupp Heynckes then you start to see some results perspective. He has not set the football world alight yet, and unless he wins the Europa League Final and Chelsea end up with a top 4 four finish he will have to console himself with just reaching the final.

The interim manager job can offer great reward and in fairness to Benitez he could just squeeze Chelsea through the and win the Europa final and even though the last few games of the Premier League could present a challenge he could just make his CV look good.

The 2013 UEFA Europa League final takes place on Wednesday May 15, 2013. The match kicks off at 7:45 UK time

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