Well, we all knew that this day would come yet it does not make the shock and sadness any easier. Today, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced he will be retiring at the end of the season, which for Manchester United is on May 19th as they travel to West Brom. The last home appearance for Sir Alex will be this Sunday against Swansea.
If you are not familiar with the work of Sir Alex you are not familiar with the man who is in my opinion the greatest manager in the history of sports, and I am talking about ANY sport. Here below is a list of championships won by Sir Alex not only during his time with Manchester United but also while he was managing teams in his native Scotland.
1 Scottish First division championship 1977
3 Scottish Premier division Championship- 1980,1984,1985
4 Scottish FA Cup Winners- 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986
1 Scottish League cup Winner- 1986
1 UEFA Cup winners' cup Winner- 1983
1 UEFA Super cup- 1983
13 English Premier League Winners- 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
5 FA Cup Winners- 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
4 League Cup Winners- 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010
10 FA Community Shield Winners- 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
2 UEFA Champions League Winners- 1999, 2008
1 UEFA Cup winners' cup Winner- 1991
1 UEFA Super Cup Winner- 1991
1 Intercontinental Cup Winner- 1999
1 FIFA Club World cup Winner- 2008
Replacing Sir Alex will be a job for no normal person. Whoever takes his place leading the Red Devils will always have the shadow of Sir Alex hanging over them and will always be compared to Sir Alex. No doubt the next manager and the ones to follow will never measure up to Sir Alex. Whoever replaces Sir Alex will be in a no win situation and I would not wish the position on anyone.
All of that being said this is not about who will be the next manager of Sir Alex but about Sir Alex himself. His work not only with Manchester United but for the world of soccer will never be equaled and will never be forgotten. He has done so much to help build Manchester United and the sport of soccer in general throughout the world what it is today. I cannot be argued that without the work of Sir Alex Manchester United would not be the biggest sports franchise throughout the world and through that work more people have learned to love the beautiful game. I know if not for what he has done I would not have fallen in love with Manchester United and the sport of soccer. He deserves all the accolades thrust upon him and the sport of soccer and even more so Manchester United will never be the same without Sir Alex.
Through the shock and sadness of realizing that after 2 more games Sir Alex will no longer be the man in charge of Manchester United there are smiles knowing that he is able to do what most never will be able to ever do, go out on top. He led this year Manchester United to their 20 league title and built what some say might be one of the best Manchester United teams of all time and for that I and the world salute him.
Sir Alex is the best out there bar none. He will never be forgot, nor will what he has done for the sport ever be duplicated. Like soccer or not, he is the best manager there has ever been.