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Alex Ferguson retires
The Sun ^

Posted on 05/08/2013 6:26:30 AM PDT by Peter Vollmer

Manchester United have confirmed Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season after 27 years at the club.

Fergie, 71, walks away from Old Trafford having secured United’s 13th Premier League title.

Along with 13 league titles, Ferguson also guided United to two European Cups, five FA Cups and four League Cup triumphs.

His last last game in charge will be at West Brom on May 19.

(Excerpt) Read more at thesun.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer; sports

1 posted on 05/08/2013 6:26:30 AM PDT by Peter Vollmer
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To: Peter Vollmer
City fans are ecstatic!
2 posted on 05/08/2013 6:34:57 AM PDT by ibytoohi (What the hell has happened to my country?)
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To: Peter Vollmer

I am totally stunned, I didn’t expect this at all.

Whether or not you are a United fan, the man is an absolute legend.


3 posted on 05/08/2013 6:36:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ibytoohi

Everton fans are not, many expect Moyes to replace him.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 6:37:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Everton fans are not, many expect Moyes to replace him.

Not Maurinhjo?

5 posted on 05/08/2013 6:44:41 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Peter Vollmer

In before the “soccer is boring” crowd. Spare us, please.


6 posted on 05/08/2013 6:47:01 AM PDT by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: thesharkboy

Greatest coach of any sport, ever?


7 posted on 05/08/2013 6:48:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rummyfan

Speculation is that Mourinho is returning to Chelsea, and frankly he’s lost a lot of luster at Real Madrid.


8 posted on 05/08/2013 6:49:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That’s a tall order, and it’s difficult to compare across different sports. I’d say he’s a standout in soccer and leave it at that.


9 posted on 05/08/2013 6:52:37 AM PDT by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: Peter Vollmer

10 posted on 05/08/2013 6:53:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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On the other hand, what’s left to accomplish? Go out on top, and know that you’ll live in legend forever.


11 posted on 05/08/2013 6:55:17 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: ibytoohi

Interesting though that Ferguson announces it the week that City is preparing for the FA Cup Final, just to get one final jab in at them.....now nobody will be talking about the FA Cup Final.


12 posted on 05/08/2013 6:55:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Peter Vollmer

There’s not one word in that excerpt that makes an iota of sense to me.


13 posted on 05/08/2013 7:01:24 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: dfwgator

John Wooden, Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson, Casey Stengel, Vince Lombardi, Geno Auriemma, Jose Mourinho, Bud Wilkinson, Toe Blake, Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Summitt, Scotty Bowman, to name a few.


14 posted on 05/08/2013 7:19:33 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Texas Eagle
You have to get your soccer decoder ring...

Fergie, 71, walks away from Old Trafford having secured United’s 13th Premier League title.

Old Trafford is Man United's home field (or pitch). Think of it as Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park.... The Premier League is the top level of professional soccer in England, akin to Major League Baseball. There are lower levels of competition, much like Triple AAA bball and on down.

Along with 13 league titles, Ferguson also guided United to two European Cups, five FA Cups and four League Cup triumphs.

The European Cup is a yearly tournament, by qualification, of each of the top professional teams across all the European national leagues. The FA Cup is the English national tournament, open to all English pro teams.

His last last game in charge will be at West Brom on May 19.

Man United plays West Bromwich in the season-ender May 19 (Man United has already been knocked out of the European Cup and FA Cup this year).

Easy huh?

15 posted on 05/08/2013 7:27:40 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: dfwgator

Did he ever coach the English national team?


16 posted on 05/08/2013 7:33:30 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: dfwgator

And what in the wide, wide world of sports is up with Real Madrid? That’s damn near a new coach every year....


17 posted on 05/08/2013 7:35:47 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

No and I doubt that he ever would manage England, being that he is a proud Scot.

He was interim manager of the Scottish national team from 1985 to 1986 following the death of the legendary former Celtic manager Jock Stein.


18 posted on 05/08/2013 7:44:28 AM PDT by True North
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To: True North

Almost now looks certain that he will be replaced with another Scot, David Moyes.


19 posted on 05/08/2013 7:45:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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If Mourinho is available and hasn’t already committed to return to Chelsea, Moyes would be a mistake of Biblical proportions.

Manchester United is the biggest sports money pump on the planet. Today’s story about SAF is world news. The list of managers who can successfully step into that kind of pressure pit is very short and David Moyes, good as he is, is not on that list.


20 posted on 05/08/2013 7:47:53 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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Moyes would be a mistake of Biblical proportions.

As an Everton fan, I know Moyes is one of the best in the business, he doesn't have nearly the budget to spend on players that United has, and yet he has Everton competitive year in and year out.

21 posted on 05/08/2013 7:51:55 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: True North

Ooops! Thanks for the info. Color me soccer (football, sorry) stupid; I had no idea.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 7:56:23 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: dfwgator

He does compete. But Manchester United, as you well know, is not merely about competing.

The issue with Moyes is that, due to where he has managed, he hasn’t been able to buy players at the level of a United or a City or a Chelsea. He hasn’t managed in the Champions League. I’m not saying he isn’t a good manager. In fact, he’s a loyal club servant and that may be a contributing factor if he gets the United job.

But elite? Sorry. No.


23 posted on 05/08/2013 7:57:44 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

What was Fergie when United hired him, he won at Aberdeen in the Scottish League, but could anyone have foresaw what he would have done all those years ago?


24 posted on 05/08/2013 8:02:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Fergie created the “New Firm” in the Scottish league, breaking the dominance of Rangers and Celtic. That was no mean feat given the financial advantages both the Glasgow clubs enjoyed. United knew what they were getting.

Moyes hasn’t done the same in the Premier League, with the “Big Four”, and now “Big Five” with Manchester City, always holding the upper hand.

It could all be moot, though, if Rafael Benitez is to believed in intimating that Mourinho will go back to Chelsea.

I do think, though, that Moyes might fit better with United’s current group of players than the more deliberate Mourinho, but that is hard to say. What you can’t argue with, though, is Mourinho’s success and also with a comparatively small club. Winning the Champions League with Porto was a stunning accomplishment.


25 posted on 05/08/2013 8:18:08 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
Did he ever coach the English national team?

No, no, he's a successful manager. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

26 posted on 05/08/2013 9:10:55 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Interesting thought that Fergie is going to be on the Board of Directors....I think he saw in Moyes a guy who could be a stabilizing influence, as he was at Everton for 10 years, and probably most closely resembles his management style.


27 posted on 05/08/2013 9:13:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I look at Fergie’s new role as similar to what his old friend Walter Smith is doing at Rangers, though on a much grander scale.

I also know Mourinho made no secret of his desire to come to United and it’s well known he wants to come back to England. We will see what transpires.


28 posted on 05/08/2013 9:19:43 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Peter Vollmer

I heard Sir Alex is having hip surgery when the season ends....so wonder how much this plays into this...

Definitely one of the best managers/coaches ever. Yes had a lot of talent....but always kept ManU on top. And, helped the US National Team by keeping Chicharito on the bench....


29 posted on 05/08/2013 10:57:07 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I find it interesting that it coincides with the end of Moyes’ contract at Everton, which may suggest that this has been in the works for quite awhile. And note that Fergie is basically “kicking himself upstairs” onto the Board of Directors. One would assume that if indeed the club flounders, he could take the helm back at any time.


30 posted on 05/08/2013 12:43:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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It’s so hard to compare coaches across sports, but he’s up there without a doubt. To be as successful as he has been, for so long, in a turbulent prima-donna professional sports world like European football is an amazing achievement. This guy is the Phil Jackson or Red Auerbach of the Premier League.

}:-)4


31 posted on 05/09/2013 10:14:36 AM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

He didn’t. But if he did, maybe they could actually hit a penalty kick in a World Cup every now and then...

}:-)4


32 posted on 05/09/2013 10:15:19 AM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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To: Moose4
I like the Phil Jackson comparison -- I was one of those who dismissed his success with the Bulls because he was just the lucky guy who had Jordan on his team, and enough supporting cast to get the job done.

But what makes Jackson special, and I didn't really see this until he did it with the Lakers, is that he has that rare ability to take star players and get them to play together as a team, while still letting the stars shine. That's a lot harder of a job than it looks.

33 posted on 05/09/2013 10:18:06 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: kevkrom

He also had a knack for finding diamonds in the rough, like Cantona.


34 posted on 05/09/2013 10:20:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kevkrom

Yeah, I guess there is some X-and-O coaching to it, but when you get to the level of an NBA or the English Premier League, it becomes more about managing egos and meshing personalities together. It’s not like the guys at that level haven’t been playing their sport for 15-25 years and don’t know it inside out already. That’s why so many great college coaches can’t make it in the pros. It’s less about being a great coach and more about being a manager, a counselor, a nanny in some cases, a PR guy, almost a CEO—a very different skill set.

}:-)4


35 posted on 05/09/2013 10:24:47 AM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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Looks like United won't be the only Manchester team with a new coach next season.

FA Cup Champs.

36 posted on 05/11/2013 11:17:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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