Sir Alex Ferguson: I’d Still Be Man Utd Boss If It Wasn’t For This Tragic Incident
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he’d have continued on as Manchester United boss if it wasn’t for the death of his wife’s sister in 2013.
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he’d have continued on as Manchester United boss if it wasn’t for the death of his wife’s sister, as reported in the Mirror.
The legendary manager decided to end his 26-year association with United back in 2013 having written himself into the history books after winning 38 major trophies during his time at Old Trafford.
Back then, many thought the 73-year-old had simply decided it was time to retire. However, Ferguson has now revealed that he had no plans to call it a day in 2013 but the loss of a close family member forced him to change his mind.
Ferguson says he wanted to carry on as United boss but knew he had to quit when he realised his wife Cathy had been left isolated following the death of her sister, Bridget Robertson, in October 2012.
Ferguson initially had plans to retire back in 2002 before Cathy managed to persuade him to carry on, but the Scot revealed that there was no such attempt to change his mind two years ago.
“I definitely would have carried on,” Ferguson is quoted as saying in the Mirror
“I saw she [Cathy] was watching television one night, and she looked up at the ceiling. I knew she was isolated. Her and Bridget were twins, you know?”
“When I told her this time I was going to retire she had no objection whatsoever. I knew she wanted me to do it.”
United have struggled badly since Sir Alex left with David Moyes failing miserably to fill his boots in the Old Trafford hot-seat. The former Everton boss inherited the Premier League champions from Ferguson but was sacked before the end of his first season as United went on to finish 7th in the table.
Louis van Gaal fared slightly better last year, guiding United back into the Champions League following a fourth-placed finish, but it’s still a long way from the lofty heights that Ferguson had set during his time in charge.
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