Alex Ferguson, famed manager of Glazers’ Manchester United, retires

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To buy the world-renowned English football club Manchester United almost eight years ago, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer and family incurred great debt, and some United fans have been less than pleased about the new ownership.

Nevertheless, Manchester United has fared quite well from a competitive perspective in recent years, winning the Premier League five times in the last seven seasons, including the 2012-13 title. Also, United captured the prestigious UEFA Champions League in 2008. And as the Guardian pointed out in April, the Glazers’ investment could pay off handsomely, with the club valued more than double what it was upon their takeover.

However, United now faces a daunting challenge: replacing retiring manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who is leaving his post at season’s end.

In a statement released on the club’s website, Ferguson praised the club’s ownership as well as CEO David Gill.

“Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy Chief Executive in David Gill,” Ferguson said. “I am truly grateful to all of them.”

Joel Glazer, a co-chairman of the Buccaneers, an executive co-chairman of United and the son of Malcolm Glazer, paid tribute to Ferguson.

“Alex has proven time and time again what a fantastic manager he is but he’s also a wonderful person. His determination to succeed and dedication to the Club have been truly remarkable,” Glazer said in a statement from the club.

Malcolm Glazer has owned the Buccaneers for close to 20 years. The team has hired four new head coaches in that span: Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano. The firings of Dungy and Gruden were big NFL stories; Dungy, after all, helped lead the Buccaneers to four playoff berths, and Gruden’s first Buccaneers team won the franchise’s only Super Bowl.

However, it’s safe to say the Glazer family has never been involved in a coaching change of the magnitude that will occur at United. In 26 seasons as United’s manager, Ferguson won 13 Premier League championships, and he was knighted in 1999.

According to the Guardian, Everton manager David Moyes appears a strong candidate to replace Ferguson.

22 responses to “Alex Ferguson, famed manager of Glazers’ Manchester United, retires

  1. Never was a Man U fan, but Sir Alex was a fantastic manager and his team came to play ever single game.

  2. Clearly citizenstrange has no idea what he’s talking about turd? Shows how little respect you have for the greatest manager in any sport in history. You might want to do some homework before you go posting stuff like that….

  3. For those of you that don’t like football, his sustained success at the highest level for 20+ years is incredible and will not be repeated.

  4. Turd Ferguson a reference to Norm MacDonald playing Burt Reynolds in an SNL/Jeopardy sketch. Well done.

  5. Sustained success at the highest level – the pressure to succeed in the BPL is exponentially greater than any sport in the US. As a Chelsea fan I offer nothing but respect for Sir Alex, but look forward to not facing him anymore.

  6. Not a soccer fan, but my friends in that part of the world are Man U fanatics. It’s like having your team’s Lombardi retire. Not an easy guy to replace.

  7. Couldn’t care less about the Glazers, but a sad day for Man Utd fans. Sir Alex Ferguson is easily the greatest manager the English Premiership has ever seen and his level success of success will likely never be repeated.

  8. I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of whoever gets that job. It will be like Phil Bengston (?), who succeeded Lombardi, or Gene Bartow after John Wooden. Even if you win championships, the faithful will say, “But he’s not…”

  9. Hope that the Glazers don’t do to their kickball team what they did to the Bucs and hire the cheapest replacement available. i.e Raheem.

  10. Soccer. LOL. That’s what 6 year olds play until they are coordinated enough to use their hands and participate in real sports.

  11. Translation: “The writing is on the wall and Manchester City will own the BPL for the next 5 years. I’m getting out now so my reputation won’t be tarnished.”

  12. pftwd3 says:
    May 8, 2013 2:58 PM
    Soccer. LOL. That’s what 6 year olds play until they are coordinated enough to use their hands and participate in real sports.

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    Yet those in “real sports” are not coordinated enough with their feet to remotely come close to the control and accuracy displayed in soccer. Using your hands is easy, we practice it every day in life tasks. Receiving a driven ball from 70 yards on a full sprint and scoring with your second touch, now that is impressive.

    On a side note, glad to see you go Sir Baconface. May your gin blossoms bloom brighter than ever.

  13. osiris33 says: May 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    Translation: “The writing is on the wall and Manchester City will own the BPL for the next 5 years. I’m getting out now so my reputation won’t be tarnished.”
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    Man City was crushed this year by Man U. No way Fergie was ever afraid of Mancini and Man City.

    Would LOVE to see Jose Mourinho snub Chelsea and come to Man U now.

  14. Yeah when we beat you your home turf with half our squad out injured, I’m sure City felt “crushed.” Enjoy watching us hoist the FA cup AGAIN this weekend.

  15. Those who bash soccer/football really are insular and close minded to things outside of America. I wouldn’t quite say that soccer is the “beautiful game”, but it is absolutely fun to watch and play. The fan chanting and songs put any American fanbase to shame minus the rioting. There’s a reason the sport is the most popular in the world. No, NASCAR is not the best autoracing sport in the world either. Try turning right for once.

  16. Huge story, Sir Alex is a living legend.

    Moyes is the absolute best possible replacement, really, although it sucks to have to be the guy to follow in Sir Alex’s footsteps. Who can top that? You’d probably be better off being the guy after the guy who replaces Ferguson.

    I just hope Man City or Chelsea don’t start ruling the league now, that would suck.

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