I could have stayed on - Ferguson

The death of Manchester United Manager's wife's sister forced him to retire


Sports Desk September 19, 2015
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The Manchester United manager has revealed that the death of his wife’s twin sister was the reason behind his retirement in 2013.

Ferguson claims that he would have definitely continued his managerial career had it not been for the death of his wife’s sister.

Ferguson brought down the curtain over his remarkable managerial career, where he managed 38 trophies In 26 years at Manchester United. His retirement came as a surprise for many, but he believes it was the right decision after the passing away of his wife’s twin sister, Bridget Robertson, in 2012.

"I definitely would have carried on," Ferguson told The Telegraph.

"I saw she [Cathy Ferguson] was watching television one night, and she looked up at the ceiling. I knew she was isolated. Her and Bridget were twins, you know?

"But when I told her this time I was going to retire she had no objection whatsoever. I knew she wanted me to do it."

Following Ferguson’s retirement, David Moyes was immediately appointed as the next Manchester United Manager. But the Scot could only last for 10 months into his 6-year contract after a woeful first season in charge.

However, a strong reason behind his failure was understood to be the aging squad left behind by Sir Alex. But Ferguson did not completely agree with him.

"Even when I knew I was retiring we still tried to put some things in place, with players coming in,” added the 73-year-old.

"Like everything I say about Manchester United, the bus was still moving forward. No one was getting left behind. Everyone was optimistic about where we were going."

COMMENTS (1)

Trevor | 6 years ago | Reply Fergie did not buy a midfielder in his last 8 years. He lost Keane, Beckham , hargreaves, Neville, gibson, Scholes and then had to bring Scholes back for he had no one apart from Giggs who should have retired Then there was Rio, vidic and Evra who were all over 30 but he never got a replacement in who were equaly as good I always believed he was saving the Glazers money
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