Wonder why there was a strange feeling in the air today? It compounded when the news of Sir Alex Ferguson retiring was announced.
The manager since November 1986 at Manchester United, Sir Alex has guided the club from also-rans with a proud history, to the most successful domestic team in England.
How can the club replace a manager of his calibre? Can the club replace a manager of his calibre?
The answer is No! His man management and instilment of the ethos that he has developed in the club is not evident with any manager in the game today.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing. The early days were rocky with little or any success. Some called for his sacking, but the club kept him at the helm and he has repaid them handsomely.
A strong man manager and person, he has worked with big players but nobody has become bigger than the club. This stands him aside from anyone else; envy of all professionals, aspiring coaches and above all his peers.
In his time with United he has won 39 trophies in 26 years .Staggering! 39 trophies in 26 years!
Since the inception of the Premier League in 92/93 his team have won it in 13 out of the 20 seasons. His ambition – the record 18 titles by Liverpool FC; he went hunting and beat it by 2.
Sir Alex will leave the club in good health. Now watch this space as the search begins for a successor.