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Sir Alex Ferguson Retires

Rumours surrounding Sir Alex Ferguson’s imminent retirement circulated overnight, as it emerged  that the Manchester United Manager had hinted at his departure during a Coach vs Players golf day on Tuesday. It has this morning been confirmed that the most successful Premiership manager since the Premier League’s inception in 1992 will bow out after the final game of the season.

Jose Mourinho is currently heading the betting with Coral at 11/8, with Moyes 7/4.

Sir Alex will stay with the club as a Director and Ambassador for the Premier League giant, which could well see him mentor his replacement.

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.

“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”

Thirteen league titles, Two Championships league and 5 FA Cup’s later, Manchester United search for their successor to one of the most accomplished men in English football.

Coral are currently 11/8 on Jose Mourinho, 7/4 David Moyes to take the hot seat at Old Trafford. Jurgen Klopp is at 10-1 with Manuel Pellegrini at 25-1.

A full list of contenders for the top job in English football can be found here: http://sports.coral.co.uk/football/football-specials/various-football-specials/next-man-utd-manager-661736.html