|Sir Alex Ferguson took over in Nov. 1986.|
He won 38 trophies and 13 league titles with
Manchester United according to the BBC.
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Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement from football after 26 years as Manchester United manager, leaving on a high after the Red Devils claimed their 20th top-flight title. The Old Trafford club and the charismatic Scottish manager go hand-in-hand, and Ferguson will be missed by all concerned with Manchester United. The Premier League champions will now have to make a calculated decision on who will replace the talismanic boss.
The authorities in football betting have Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho and Everton's David Moyes as early favourites for the Old Trafford hotseat. These two managers offer very different propositions, especially given that Ferguson will remain as a director and ambassador for the club.
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Mourinho has made his intentions to move back to a job in England clear, and certainly has the credentials to back his reputation up. However, whether the Portuguese coach could work with Ferguson looking over his shoulder is another thing. Mourinho, if offered the job, will want complete control over the club, similar to what he has at Real Madrid. The Special One made a point of getting Jorge Valdano, a Madrid legend, sacked to assume complete control over the Santiago Bernabeu club.
Moyes may be a more conservative choice, but betting news indicates that the Everton man is a real contender for the role. His work at Goodison Park over the last 11 years has been astounding given the financial limitations imposed on him. Given that Ferguson will still play a role at the club, Moyes' fellow Scot could look to the more experienced man for guidance in troubled times.
That said, assuming the position of Manchester United manager would be a massive step-up for Moyes, especially given that his only Champions League experience is a botched campaign in 2005-06.
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Other names such as Jurgen Klopp, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have been mentioned in relation to the job, but one feels that a strong character is needed to lead the club forward. Ferguson has had the run of the club for longer than he can remember, and as such will still have strong opinions from his position as a director. On occasion, the new manager may well have to stand up to the legendary manager and withstand the hairdryer treatment.
One thing is for sure - however assumes the position of Manchester United boss for 2013-14 will have a monumental job on their hands. Given Ferguson's success, the respect the players had for him and his standing in the game, the new man certainly has his work cut out.
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