There you are. After 26 years, 38 trophies and an eternity of added on time, Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring from his role as overlord of the Dark Empire. Otherwise known as being manager of Manchester United. It did appear as though he would hang around for a few more seasons but at 71 years of age he’s decided to step out on a high, having just secured a record extending 20th league title.
Unsurprisingly Twitter is on fire with praise, ridicule and general disbelief.
Here’s a selection of responses from some former players and other well-known folk.
— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) May 8, 2013
Thanks for everything, Boss. twitter.com/Cristiano/stat…
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 8, 2013
— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) May 8, 2013
Fergie retires! What an act to follow. All the best to whoever picks up the gauntlet.Looks like Moyes.Big loss for EFC but great opportunity
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 8, 2013
Just sang ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ at one of my framed pictures of Sir Alex, then drank 14 Yakults in a row. My head’s all over the place.
— notBigSam (@TheBig_Sam) May 8, 2013
Disappointed, shocked, sad. Didn’t think THAT day would be today. — Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 8, 2013
Completely shocked & saddened to hear Sir Alex Ferguson’s retiring at end of season. What a man, what a football manager & what a legend… — Kirsty Gallacher (@TheRealKirstyG) May 8, 2013
Sir Alex, thank for the memories, the entertainment, trophies galore & many an interview over the years. I almost still can’t believe it.
— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) May 8, 2013
Sir Alex – how do you follow that? Thanks for the memories , the trophies , the spats, the entertainment, the passion and the chewing gum…
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) May 8, 2013
Just heard Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring at end of season. His achievements in the game place him without doubt as one of the‘greats’. — Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) May 8, 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson, greatest ever football manager Greatest Living Scotsman, all who love football salute you. — George Galloway (@georgegalloway) May 8, 2013
Still celebrating too hard to comment seriously re Sir Alex retirement, but here’s what I wrote about him in 2008: bit.ly/90hTu9
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 8, 2013
Proud man. Great manager. Staunch Labour Party supporter. Sir Alex Ferguson will never be forgotten. — Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) May 8, 2013