Sir Alex Ferguson. A member of the English Hall of Fame. Winner of 13 League Titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 Champions League Titles and numerous other trophies. Sir Alex has changed Manchester United Football Club, and has a place in the heart of many, all around the world - including myself.
Ferguson achieved so much for the club, making some brilliant signings, such as Cristiano Ronaldo for just £12.5 million, Edwin Van Der Sar for just £2 million, and current captain Nemanja Vidic for only £7 million. However, transfers haven't been his only success. 1999 was a season everyone will remember. The year United did the treble. The Scot has been everywhere with the club, and achieved almost everything possible, most recently helping United reach 20 Premier League titles, and overtaking Liverpool's record the previous season.
Even at 71, Sir Alex seemed to have still been going strong. He has bought in a lot of young players who are able to develop, Wilfried Zaha, Alexandr Buttner, Nick Powell. He has developed club legends such as David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and even Ryan Giggs. I believe Ferguson still has enough in him to make more.
Following the recent success of winning the 20th Premier League title with Manchester United, Fergie decided to make the inevitable decision. With the team on a high, Ferguson felt this was the right time to call it a day - leaving Manchester United with a world-class side, numerous honours, and history. This may be the end of the Fergie Era, but certainly isn't the end of the Manchester Era, and that's the red side of Manchester.
Ferguson has been up there at the club with the likes of Matt Busby, becoming one of the greatest managers ever at Manchester United, and even in football. He has created history, and has also created 'Squeaky Bum Time'. What happens next though?
He is taking up the role of the directors he previously spoke about, saying he wants to still be part of the club, but who takes over next? David Moyes? Jose Mourinho? Jurgen Klopp? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Who knows at the moment. But I, and all Manchester United fans, know that Ferguson is a genius. A tactical mastermind, topped off with the managerial brilliance and the endless supply of chewing gum, who will never be forgotten.
Personally, I'm truly gutted he's going, he's a legend and has done so much for the club. I never wanted to see him go, and felt he couldn't have stayed longer, maybe become champions of Europe one more time. Nevertheless, Fergie has done more than enough for the team, and deserves everything he gets.
I feel Ferguson can never be replaced, and football managing has now lost a football father. For a long time now, Manchester United will be like a James Bond film, but without James Bond.
On behalf of all Manchester United fans, and fans worldwide - Thank you Sir Alex.