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When should Sir Alex Ferguson leave Manchester United?

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By Thomas Flower.

It is a subject that no Manchester United fans want to discuss or think about it but the day when Sir Alex Ferguson departs Manchester United is coming. With rumours rife that he will depart at the end of next season and be replaced by the special one it leaves to ask the question will this be the right time for him to step down?

In my opinion the answer is yes. With players like Giggs, Scholes and Gary Neville all likely to be calling time on their playing days sooner rather than later, Ferguson should depart with them. This will provide the new man coming in with the opportunity to build his own team.

Comparisons will always be made and no one will ever be able to replace Ferguson, he is arguably the greatest British manager of all time.  However, Ferguson craves success and will want to go out on a high. With them currently relying on Chelsea to slip up to have a chance of retaining their title this campaign, Ferguson will want to make sure next season is a successful one. With the spending power of Manchester City and Chelsea that could prove difficult.

United will of course be a force next season but need to strengthen in the summer. I just worry that if United don’t win the title next year Ferguson will decide to stay on. While the fans would be delighted a new manager has to be able to come and begin to build his United side.

It will be a daunting task for anyone and whoever does follow Sir Alex Ferguson will be under an extraordinary amount of pressure to succeed. No one will be able to achieve what he has and to think otherwise would be ridiculous.

Sir Alex has earned the right to stay at United for as long as he wants and while the Premier League won’t be the same without him, I would like to see a new man at the helm no later than the start of 2011/2012 campaign. I just hope United win a few more trophies for their boss before then because he deserves it.

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