Manchester United Manager Announces Departure
Sir Alex Ferguson has announced he will retire as Manchester United manager at the end of the season. The most successful manager in English football history will bow out after the West Bromwich Albion game on 19 May and join the football club board.
Announcing his decision to retire, Sir Alex Ferguson has said "The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so".
"Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future."
Finally he has thanked Manchester United fans: "To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United".
Everton coach David Moyes, who Ferguson is a vocal admirer of, is believed to be the United manager's preferred choice to replace him.