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(Guardian)   Sir Alex Ferguson to retire as manager of Manchester United. As a mark of respect, six minutes of extra time will be added to every Premier League game   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 142
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2013-05-08 09:12:09 AM
First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.
 
2013-05-08 09:38:11 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


+1

I am stealing that, good sir.
 
2013-05-08 09:55:19 AM
He will remain on as Ruddy-faced Scot emeritus.
 
2013-05-08 09:55:47 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


The end of Fergie Time. Manchester United must have scored.
 
2013-05-08 09:58:42 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


+I WOULD LOVE IT OF WE BEAT THEM! LOVE IT!
 
2013-05-08 09:59:33 AM
This was better than my headline.

I was really surprised considering a week or two ago he said he still had a couple of years left.  The man was one of the best managers of all time, if not the best.  He won the Cup Winners Cup and SuperCup with Aberdeen, has won 38 trophies with United and the only manager in the world that I know of who is still with his club after 25 years.  Will this feat every be repeated? Doubtful.

Seems that Jose and Moyes are the front runners for the job and United said they will announce a replacement as early as this weekend. I would be happy with either as I respect them both and think they are both fantastic managers for different reasons.
 
2013-05-08 09:59:54 AM

ADubs86: Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.

+I WOULD LOVE IT OF IF WE BEAT THEM! LOVE IT!


Fark me I can't type.
As much as I don't like the guy, you have to give him his respect. Godspeed Sir Alex.
 
2013-05-08 10:04:56 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


Hahaha, that's awesome.

I'm not a Manchester United fan, but I do respect SAF and what he's done for the team. Love him or hate him, he's always been an incredible coach. I think he did have a few good years left in him, but honestly, you win the 20th for the club and go out when you're on top. Announcing it now gives the team a little extra push (although I wish they'd had that push against Spurs) and gives extra time to ease the transition--whoever the replacement coach is, he'll have a whole summer to get situated.

Well done, Sir Alex. I wish you the best.
 
2013-05-08 10:05:53 AM
Fergie actually retired years ago, it's just being announced now because of the added time.
 
2013-05-08 10:12:55 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


I'm pretty sure Ferguson would piss on Thatcher's grave if he could. He's hardly a Tory.

Martin O'Neill hasn't had a great deal of success over the last few years, but I'd guess that alongside Jose and David Moyes he'd be in the front-running to take over.
 
2013-05-08 10:13:05 AM
Spurs fan here. Only been watching soccer for three years, and even then I can understand we're seeing the end of something very rare.

*Tip of the cap to Sir Alex*
 
2013-05-08 10:15:37 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


Lulz, that one's flying all over Twitter atm.
 
2013-05-08 10:20:10 AM

ADubs86: ADubs86: Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.

+I WOULD LOVE IT OF IF WE BEAT THEM! LOVE IT!

Fark me I can't type.
As much as I don't like the guy, you have to give him his respect. Godspeed Sir Alex.


This
 
2013-05-08 10:21:00 AM
Something that often gets forgotten is that before Sir Alex took the job, United were not hugely successful -- what he walked into was nothing like the trophy machine that Utd is today.

After Busby, Utd had gone through a succession of managers and had spent a lot of money but had relatively little to show for it. (Even more frustrating for the Utd fans, that coincided with the last Man City were any good). It took Sir Alex a couple of years to get things turned around.
 
2013-05-08 10:22:05 AM
Ha!  Nice one subby!

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


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ADubs86: Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.

+I WOULD LOVE IT OF WE BEAT THEM! LOVE IT!


Heh.  I guess Arsene was right after all, Alex must have the prettiest wife at home.
 
2013-05-08 10:23:00 AM

Trapper439: Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.

I'm pretty sure Ferguson would piss on Thatcher's grave if he could. He's hardly a Tory.

Martin O'Neill hasn't had a great deal of success over the last few years, but I'd guess that alongside Jose and David Moyes he'd be in the front-running to take over.


Haha, that's a good one!

Oh wait, you were serious?
 
2013-05-08 10:23:39 AM

czetie: Something that often gets forgotten is that before Sir Alex took the job, United were not hugely successful -- what he walked into was nothing like the trophy machine that Utd is today.

After Busby, Utd had gone through a succession of managers and had spent a lot of money but had relatively little to show for it. (Even more frustrating for the Utd fans, that coincided with the last Man City were any good). It took Sir Alex a couple of years to get things turned around.


Could you believe that in 1990 fans were calling for his head?  Imagine had the board pulled the trigger at that point, where would United be.
 
2013-05-08 10:31:46 AM
Only been watching soccer for a few years now, not a Man U fan, but dang that guy gets respect.
Those will be some big shoes to fill.
 
2013-05-08 10:35:57 AM
It's pretty much official: David Moyes will take over for Sir Alex.

Solid manager. Hopefully he does well, just not well enough. Also hope that means Everton can go in for Roberto Martinez, especially if Wigan go down.
 
2013-05-08 10:36:10 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


I have no horse in the Premier League and even I liked it.

/decades of Pythonness recognizing the funny
 
2013-05-08 10:41:43 AM
I'm no fan of Man U, but Ferguson's success is unmatched, perhaps in all of sports.

No one deserves retirement more than him.
 
2013-05-08 10:41:57 AM

Purple_Jack: First Thatcher dies, then Ferguson retires.
Somewhere, there is a Scouser with a lamp and one wish left.


+1

If Liverpool finish above Everton, then we'll know for sure.
 
2013-05-08 10:42:56 AM

ADubs86: It's pretty much official: David Moyes will take over for Sir Alex.

Solid manager. Hopefully he does well, just not well enough.


Sidebar:  I hope this isn't used as an excuse by Arsenal not to go for it.  I'll be royally pissed at them.

Also hope that means Everton can go in for Roberto Martinez, especially if Wigan go down.

If he does go to Everton, they'll be a good side.  Maybe qualify for the Europa League on a regular basis and, every once in a while, be in the CL.
 
2013-05-08 10:44:13 AM

Rev.K: I'm no fan of Man U, but Ferguson's success is unmatched, perhaps in all of sports.

No one deserves retirement more than him.


The only one you could compare him to is Bob Paisley at Liverpool.  Heh, not sure I'd like to be a fly on the wall for that argument between Liverpool and Man U fans.
 
2013-05-08 10:54:23 AM

ADubs86: It's pretty much official: David Moyes will take over for Sir Alex.

Solid manager. Hopefully he does well, just not well enough. Also hope that means Everton can go in for Roberto Martinez, especially if Wigan go down.


If Moyes does move, that will make Wenger the longest tenured manager in the entire Football League by 10 years. Only 3 of the 92 clubs will have had the same manager for 5 or more years.
 
2013-05-08 10:59:10 AM

Rwa2play: Rev.K: I'm no fan of Man U, but Ferguson's success is unmatched, perhaps in all of sports.

No one deserves retirement more than him.

The only one you could compare him to is Bob Paisley at Liverpool.  Heh, not sure I'd like to be a fly on the wall for that argument between Liverpool and Man U fans.


Sir Alex wins that argument in every category EXCEPT Champions League/European Cup wins. He still wins overall.
 
2013-05-08 11:13:17 AM
Sunday vs Swans will be his last home game. I'm willing to bet, they let him walk out with the trophy in a guard of honour. If they don't, they should. He's earned it.
 
2013-05-08 11:16:02 AM

ADubs86: Sunday vs Swans will be his last home game. I'm willing to bet, they let him walk out with the trophy in a guard of honour. If they don't, they should. He's earned it.


Agreed
 
2013-05-08 11:30:27 AM

ADubs86: Sunday vs Swans will be his last home game. I'm willing to bet, they let him walk out with the trophy in a guard of honour. If they don't, they should. He's earned it.


Howard Webb should lead that honor guard...
 
2013-05-08 11:34:26 AM
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2013-05-08 11:35:55 AM
all this time chasing 'pool's five european cups, he'll be retiring with three. i guess we're still on THAT perch, eh alex?
 
2013-05-08 11:39:44 AM
i'm conflicted, though. now that the whining gasbag has retired, who do i hate? rafa is a quasi-given, but he'll be gone from the scene soon enough, and frankly, when wenger starts flapping away, i feel more pity for him than anything else.
 
2013-05-08 12:10:29 PM

socalnewwaver: i'm conflicted, though. now that the whining gasbag has retired, who do i hate? rafa is a quasi-given, but he'll be gone from the scene soon enough, and frankly, when wenger starts flapping away, i feel more pity for him than anything else.


Mourinho and/or Moyes?
 
2013-05-08 12:11:35 PM

socalnewwaver: i'm conflicted, though. now that the whining gasbag has retired, who do i hate? rafa is a quasi-given, but he'll be gone from the scene soon enough, and frankly, when wenger starts flapping away, i feel more pity for him than anything else.


Watch other football leagues?
 
2013-05-08 12:24:46 PM

ADubs86: It's pretty much official: David Moyes will take over for Sir Alex.

Solid manager. Hopefully he does well, just not well enough. Also hope that means Everton can go in for Roberto Martinez, especially if Wigan go down.


I have to admit, I will be so happy for Moyes if he gets that job.  He's been the manager of Everton as long as I've been a fan of them.  But I know that MU is the job he wants and I hope he is successful.

As for who would replace Moyes, Martinez would be nice, but I'd rather see them bring someone in for a year, on loan....  As a tribute to all the good one year loans Moyes pulled off at the last minute.
 
2013-05-08 12:24:59 PM
Is it safe for Becks to hit him back with a boot yet? I keep waiting.
 
2013-05-08 12:38:50 PM
You know who's really sad about this? The ear doctors for all of the officials. They were making mad money from all the eardrums SAF blew out from his constant biatching and yelling at them.

/respect his skill as a manager because he is among the best of all time
//but he did it while being a complete asshole
 
2013-05-08 12:39:42 PM
I don't mind admitting that I'm gutted and surprised.  I remember when he took over from Big Ron how shaky things were and he presided over a reversal of fortunes that can in no way be attributed to luck.  His record speaks for itself.

As to a successor, if I'm honest I'd prefer Mourinho over Moyes but I don't think Jose will be able to commit to sticking with United while Moyes will and I think that's something that the club will want to see.  It will have to be a very strong character whoever it is.
 
2013-05-08 01:04:28 PM
 
2013-05-08 01:42:12 PM

LucklessWonder: Mourinho and/or Moyes?


nah. neither of them have the same kind of grating, whining, douchebag personality alex does. i get that mourinho is basically a mercenary, but he's never pretended to be anything else, so respect him for that at least. moyes is just...well, moyes. i guess if he had a better record against us i'd feel differently, but for now, he's a non-issue.
 
2013-05-08 01:46:26 PM

Stimied in a Rut: The man was one of the best managers of all time, if not the best.  He won the Cup Winners Cup and SuperCup with Aberdeen,


I am an Aberdeen FC fan (have ancestors from that part of Scotland) and what Ferguson did for the Dons can't even be measured.  Looking back at it it's just unreal that Aberdeen, who struggle to make the top six in Scotland most years, not only challenged in European competitions but won twice.

I mean, look at it this way:  there are only two big clubs in Scotland, right?  Celtic and Rangers.  For decades it's been either combination of them finishing one-two, and then all the other clubs are light-years behind (until Rangers' recent financial troubles).  Thanks to Sir Alex, not only did Aberdeen win more European trophies than either Celtic or Rangers, they've won as many as both Old Firm clubs put together.  It is unreal.  Take Celtic's win over Barcelona this year and multiply that by a hundred times. Aberdeen's achievement in 1983-84 would be like a team from the Patriot League winning the NCAA basketball tournament, then beating the #1 ranked team in the following season opener.
 
2013-05-08 01:49:15 PM

socalnewwaver: i'm conflicted, though. now that the whining gasbag has retired, who do i hate? rafa is a quasi-given, but he'll be gone from the scene soon enough, and frankly, when wenger starts flapping away, i feel more pity for him than anything else.


Mancini?
AVB?
The Fascist?
 
2013-05-08 01:55:54 PM

ADubs86: Sir Alex wins that argument in every category EXCEPT Champions League/European Cup wins. He still wins overall.


depends. obviously it's clear saf will go down as one of the greatest coaches ever, but when you consider the remarkable run paisley had, and realize he did it all in just *nine* years, it looks pretty damn impressive. who knows what the numbers would look like if he coached as long as alex did. i mean, cripes, he averaged more than two trophies / cups per year, a much better rate than ferguson.
 
2013-05-08 01:57:13 PM

HaywoodJablonski: socalnewwaver: i'm conflicted, though. now that the whining gasbag has retired, who do i hate? rafa is a quasi-given, but he'll be gone from the scene soon enough, and frankly, when wenger starts flapping away, i feel more pity for him than anything else.

Mancini?
AVB?
The Fascist?


no. no one on that list comes close to being as big a douchenozzle as saf.
 
2013-05-08 02:01:00 PM

carnifex2005: Heh...

http://www.nandos.co.uk/blog/food/nandosfergietime-3918/


That's... My God, that's beautiful marketing.
 
2013-05-08 02:09:44 PM

Rwa2play: Rev.K: I'm no fan of Man U, but Ferguson's success is unmatched, perhaps in all of sports.

No one deserves retirement more than him.

The only one you could compare him to is Bob Paisley at Liverpool.  Heh, not sure I'd like to be a fly on the wall for that argument between Liverpool and Man U fans.


I'd love to be a fly on the wall for that, in fact I'll see if I can get it started next time i'm with football fans. Your post got me thinking though, so I looked up some win percentage stats for the managers

SAF at Man Utd won 59.65% of all games.
Paisley for 'pool won 57.35% of all games.

Then I got curious about others, so

Wenger at Arsenal won only 56.83% of games, so far.
Mourinho at Chelsea won 67.03% of all games... sheesh.

Then I gave up.
 
2013-05-08 02:24:54 PM
So is this going to be the thread where we beg for Chelsea to lock down Bale?
 
2013-05-08 02:26:19 PM
Wikipedia has already decided that Moyes is the new manager starting tomorrow, apparently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Manchester_United_F.C._managers
 
2013-05-08 02:29:23 PM

czetie: Wikipedia has already decided that Moyes is the new manager starting tomorrow, apparently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Manchester_United_F.C._managers


We can "fix" that. How about changing it to Steve McManaman?
 
2013-05-08 02:30:27 PM
The one thing no one seems to be mentioning is his work with the League Managers Association. He was one of the founding members and a massive force in making it as powerful as it is and always backs up other managers when they are getting mistreated by non-managers*.

When Keane was getting some really nasty abuse at Blackburn it was SAF leading his defence.

*manager on manager shenanigans was fine though.
 
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