The Secret behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement no one knew about it.
Ten years ago, on May 8, 2023, Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement was announced by Manchester United. Despite the club’s attempts to keep it secret, the news was leaked to the media on the previous night. It could be argued that Manchester United has yet to recover from his departure. Ferguson is the most decorated manager in British football history, having won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions Leagues, a European Cup Winners’ Cup, a European Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a Fifa Club World Cup during his time at Manchester United. He also won numerous titles while managing Aberdeen. Ferguson revealed in his autobiography, “Alex Ferguson,” that he had decided to retire after nearly 27 years in one of the toughest and most high-profile jobs in football. Ferguson told his wife, Cathy, that he was going to retire around Christmas 2012. After this, he was contractually obliged to tell the club by 31 March if he was going to step down that summer. Gill was initially going to tell Ferguson of his own departure when they met in early 2013, but he was surprised to hear that the current season would also be Ferguson’s last at Old Trafford. The news stayed secret for months, and only a select few, including United’s owners, the Glazer family, knew about Ferguson’s impending exit. The announcement of Ferguson’s departure was made on the morning of Wednesday, May 8.