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Ferguson leaves huge legacy at United

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The Scot retires after being in charge for 26 years

One of manyIn this file photo from 2008, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is seen holding their Champions League trophy.photo: afp
One of manyIn this file photo from 2008, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is seen holding their Champions League trophy.photo: afp

When Alex Ferguson took over at Old Trafford on Nov. 6, 1986, Manchester United was next-to-last in England’s old first division and in need of a major shake-up.

Ferguson’s great ambition was to unseat local rival Liverpool as the country’s top team and re-establish United as a force in Europe. It was a task many thought beyond him and the club.

Twenty-six seasons and 38 trophies later, Ferguson leaves as British football’s most successful manager ever and with United as the world’s second richest club, with an estimated worth of $3.17 billion.

What a journey it’s been.

Jose Mourinho calls him “The Boss.” United great Bobby Charlton regularly labels him a “genius.” His impact has transcended sport – he is one of Britain’s most famous personalities. To many, he’s the greatest manager ever.

Who else could have harnessed the talents – and temperaments – of United greats David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson, Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo?

Who else could rule with such an iron fist, yet be such a good man-manager that even Beckham, after his acrimonious departure to Real Madrid in 2003, still sees him as a father figure?

And in an era of unprecedented numbers of managerial departures and coaching upheaval, who else could hang around – and flourish – so long at the top? And at the same club too.

British football is unlikely to see another manager like Ferguson again.AP


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