Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson Hangs ‘Em Up

It's been real...

It’s been real…

Raise your hand if you had Ryan Giggs retiring before Sir Alex Ferguson?

The iconic Red Devil manager confirms that he is retiring at the end of this Premiership campaign. That darn Nani red card.

Manchester United announces that they will name his successor within the next 48 hours. Davie Moyes in pole position.


21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by KickinNames... on 2013/05/08 at 7:18 AM

    Possibly the best game tactician and man manager I’ve ever seen in any sport. And I hate his bloody Red guts….
    Can easily go back through my memory to the innumerable times you looked out on the pitch and saw guys who wouldn’t get a run out on other top teams plugged into the eleven and doing exactly what was needed in their role to propel United forward. For all of the ManU big spending talk his magic was in taking high motor all-in role players and fitting them together to make a whole much stronger than its parts.
    You’ll need to find 3 different highest quality managers to replicate the unique management skills, passion for high quality football and sheer will to win that he brought to the table.
    Hats off to the greatest football manager I’ve had the displeasure of rooting against.


  2. Posted by Tom Patton on 2013/05/08 at 7:45 AM

    I love Everton because Moyes gave Americans a chance but in no way is he built to take over this job. IT IS JUST TOO BIG OF SHOES TO FILL!!!!!
    Jose M. is not the guy, he is a destroyer of clubs, and I love the guy.
    I would not want this job- well that is a lie because I would take all of the abuse for one year’s pay packet- but you need to long and hard because the Red Devil faithful are not used to a bad year let alone bad years in stretches.
    I just do not have any idea who could replace him but he better be super confident and have skin like a rhinoceros.


  3. Posted by bmullis on 2013/05/08 at 10:47 AM

    I hear that Jupp Heynckes is looking for a job…


    • Posted by Tom Patton on 2013/05/08 at 2:27 PM

      How about Steve Sampson – his daughters season is over I think and he will come cheap with no expectations.
      THE MASTER OF THE 4-5-1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Either him or Omar Hitzfeld.

      Both would be transitional figures until they could find a true successor type.

      The other Manchester United legend, Sir Matt Busby was followed by a series of transitional managers who all more or less failed until SAF came along.

      Moyes is great but this is the one job that might be too much for even him.The next guy has to win either the Champions League or the EPL next year and Moyes hasn’t ever won anything.

      Mourinho is better equipped in every way than MOyes but I just wonder about his endurance.

      This will be the ultimate poisoned chalice.


      • Posted by Tom Patton on 2013/05/08 at 2:44 PM

        “This will be the ultimate poisoned chalice” that is a great line and really sums it up.

        Well done schmutzdeck – perfectly put..


        • Posted by KickinNames... on 2013/05/08 at 3:45 PM

          Great positive use of quotes there Tom Patton. Could use more of that around here…


  4. Posted by dth on 2013/05/09 at 10:26 AM

    Is Moyes just Scottish for Hodgson? In some ways, similar profiles. Does Moyes have the capability to build a more positive, attacking side? Does he have the chops to succeed in Europe? Can’t answer either way definitively, which makes it a bit of a weird appointment, IMO, especially so quickly.

    Did they contact Klopp? Blanc? Heck, even Laudrup or Pelligrini?


    • Hey, leave Klopp out of this. BVB’s getting picked apart for next season enough already.


    • dth,

      What makes you think any of the guys on your list would be a definitive success?

      Moyes is Ferguson’s hand picked successor , they go way back and I doubt anyone has a better idea of what lies in store for him than Moyes. And this has probably been in the works for some time. This is not Caleb Porter being picked to run the Under 23’s.

      The biggest thing is SAF succeeded because the board at the time believed in him enough to give him the time to succeed. Clearly they are following SAF’s lead in attempting to give Moyes, as much as is possible the same chance, SAF got.

      I don’t know if this is the best idea or not but I do know that the MUFC board appears, and maybe more importantly SAF appears, committed to helping make Moyes a success.

      I doubt they would feel that way about any of your guys and that support is probably at least half the battle in this sort of situation.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/05/10 at 4:11 AM

        It took AF 7 years to win the league [and he was fortunate about the timing of the PL money]. DM won’t be afforded that liberty, but the 6 year contract is a positive sign.

        Remember, AF kept that job by the skin of his teeth – IMO it was Mark Hughes’ right boot 7 minutes from time in the 1990 FA Cup final that saved his bacon. Believe me, I was there at Wembley 23 years ago.


      • Posted by dth on 2013/05/10 at 6:16 PM

        Look, I’m not saying Moyes can’t do it, or that any of the guys I’ve listed would be guaranteed success. That’d be pretty dumb. Moyes has done a good job at Everton; it’s just that the stuff he’s done well there generally isn’t applicable to what you need to do at United, and Moyes lacks experience in some of the key areas.

        On the other hand — and I don’t know they didn’t do this — if they’d called Klopp they could see there were some areas for comparison. Klopp, unlike Moyes, has put together a championship-winning squad. Klopp, unlike Moyes, has had at least some success in Europe. Klopp, like Moyes, has a keen scouting eye and can pick up star players at a bargain. On the other hand, Moyes, unlike Klopp, speaks English well and has familiarity with England.

        Like I said, the swiftness of the decision is odd, considering Moyes probably would’ve amputated limbs to get the job. Chill. There’s no particular rush. Get the decision right. Maybe Moyes is the best; OTOH, maybe he isn’t. Ferguson’s desire to appoint Moyes speaks well of him; on the other hand, he’s championed a lot of his former players for managing roles who…haven’t done so well. Again, there was nothing really to be lost by taking some time and being patient.

        (I’ll note the last time I urged chilling out and not rushing, it was urging Liverpool not to take Andy Carroll just to prove they were still a big player; instead, taking Daniel Sturridge plus $$$ from Chelsea. Again, not — just — to brag, but as Billy Beane astutely pointed out in Moneyball, it’s when you think you have to make a decision NOW that you get f*cked.)


        • Posted by Tom Patton on 2013/05/11 at 7:02 AM

          All excellent points. I can not find fault with any of your reasoning or examples.

          My 2 cents:

          Maybe they just thought a hard working and smart Scot with excellent man management skills replacing a hard working smart Scot with excellent man management skills was the way to go. A certain sense of continuity.

          Just a thought. David Gil is not a stupid or rash man.


        • dth,

          I see no problem with your logic. It is however, your logic not United’s.

          It’s sort of like explaining to someone why he should have married bachelorette #3 and instead of bachelorette #1.

          My concern is Manchester’s biggest competition, Bayern and Barca, are really machine like entities where the manager is almost an afterthought while Man U. has been all about SAF.

          You are right about Klopp being a one man gang who almost single handedly raised Dortmund up but maybe Man U. are trying to move away from that cult of personality and become a more corporate entity in order to challenge the German and Spanish entities.

          You don’t really believe that the corporate structure of Man U. hasn’t been preparing for this for some time do you? Manchester United is huge money making corporation and football is just a part of it.


  5. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/05/10 at 4:05 AM

    I am glad the Man United board did not go down the trendy route and appoint a European, and acknowledge that there are good British coaches who are just as good. Hopefully, Moyes will continue to nurture young, talented British [read: English!] players alongside world class overseas talent.


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/05/11 at 6:49 AM

    Now that Frank Lampard has broken Bobby Tambling’s scoring record, does that increase the probability of coming to MLS?


    • Posted by Tom Patton on 2013/05/11 at 6:56 AM

      Depends- If Jose M. returns to Chelsea than I do not believe it moves the nettle either way in all honesty. I think he will stay because Jose appreciates senior leadership with Lampard’s class on and off the pitch.

      Now Terry- he is most likely a gonner.


      • Posted by Tom Patton on 2013/05/11 at 7:04 AM

        sorry- needle not nettle.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/05/11 at 7:20 AM

        I hear that there is a one-year offer on the table, but the pay is much less. Not sure why given his form over the last 6 months to be perfectly honest with you.
        He can go out at the very top, rather than face the possibility of being a squad player at Chelsea next season? He’s almost 35, and you know how irrational Roman can be, so who knows? $6M pa, 2 year contract, plus the LA sunshine could sway it…


  7. Posted by dth on 2013/05/11 at 5:16 PM

    Not Ferguson-related, but why have the Galaxy gone so cross-heavy lately when playing noted small individuals Villarreal and Donovan up front?


  8. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/05/11 at 7:21 PM

    Ben Watson [Palace academy product!]


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