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7 Ways That Sir Alex Ferguson’s Retirement Changes Everything

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The soccer world this morning is still recovering from the shock of Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement. While the history of what Ferguson has achieved is incredible, his departure from Manchester United will change everything. 

Here are the 7 ways that Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement changes everything:

1. We’ll never see a more accomplished manager in our lifetime. Forty nine trophies is an incredible haul by one manager, and one that won’t be surpassed by any top flight manager in our lifetime.

2. Beginning this summer, other teams in the Premier League will try to exploit the number one weakness at United — no Ferguson. This change could encourage clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea to spend more this summer with the knowledge that it could help them knock United off their perch.

3. No matter who steps into Ferguson’s shoes, he’ll always be compared to Ferguson. The Scot has left such an amazing legacy at the club, that no matter how well or not the new boss does, it’ll be under Ferguson’s shadow.

4. It’s too early to tell, but this could signal the end of Manchester United’s supremacy in the Premier League. It’s quite possible that United’s run of being the most successful Premier League club could come to an end in the next few years. How much of an impact Ferguson has on the club and its players will soon be revealed.

5. The fear factor is gone. Old Trafford has been a fortress for the past two decades. Without Ferguson managing the club, sides may be more adventurous when playing at Old Trafford knowing that they won’t be as intimidated as before. The same applies to referees who may not be as concerned by the pressure of making a key decision against United at Old Trafford.

6. Who will be the next great manager in the English Premier League? With Ferguson getting ready to retire, it’ll create a vacuum in the league in regards to which manager will be deemed the most successful. While Arsene Wenger has a long history of success, Arsenal’s form in the last eight years has been embarrassingly poor in regards to not winning any trophies. With Ferguson going, this could give other managers like Mancini, Benitez (at a new club), Mourinho or someone else a chance to take the throne as the best in Britain.

7. We could see a player exodus at United. I’m sure that one of the major reasons why several Manchester United players signed with the club was because of Sir Alex Ferguson. While the club and money has a strong hold on the players, it’s only to be expected that some players may decide to leave now that Ferguson is retiring. Don’t be surprised to see rival clubs trying to pluck key players away from Old Trafford.

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29 Responses to 7 Ways That Sir Alex Ferguson’s Retirement Changes Everything

  1. Marc says:

    OF all the football sites I can go to to read up on Sir Alex’s retirement I always come to yours. I really enjoy reading most of the articles on EPL talk. Thank you Gaffer.

  2. brn442 says:

    Well said Gaffer.

    Manchester United will no longer dominate English Football, the way it has, the last 26 years.

    Manchester will still be a big club but the consistency of a top two finish will no longer be guaranteed.

  3. jtm371 says:

    Will it always be Fergie Time? Just wondering.

  4. Wongo1 says:

    As a UNITED fan for 30++ years, this is a very sad day. I have enjoyed the last 20+ years and now the next chapter begins.

    SAF there will NEVER be one like you!!

  5. christian says:

    Manchester United will always attract the top talents either on the pitch or off. They have the tradition and the cache to attract the best talents. SAF will have a guiding hand as well upstairs so let’s not write Manchester United off too fast.

  6. Hoosiergunner says:

    Wow. Woke up to see this news, and frankly I’m a little shocked. Congratulations to Sir Alex on a long and successful coaching career (He also timed this one well)… of the seven reasons listed above, number one is the observation that stands out.

  7. jtm371 says:

    Wonder on what the financial impact will be for United in future endorsement deals?How much did SAF figure into those deals?

  8. Bergkamp_10 says:

    What a manager. Brought the best out of his players. United’s squad quality isn’t any greater than City or Chelsea, but to win the league with 4 games to spare shows how great a manager he is. 6-1 drubbing last year and many speculated that he would retire. But this man came back and just catapulted United to the top of the league once again.

    I can’t stand the man, (being Arsenal fan), but I don’t know why I am feeling a little sad this morning. Maybe football side of me says I am going to miss Ferguson more than I had actually imagined. Great man!

  9. Marc L says:

    They have a tremendous infrastructure. I expect nothing substantive will change.

    However. Name one legendary, iconic coach/manager from any sport who was succeeded by someone who went on to equivalent levels of fame and glory.

    Hard to come up with one, really.

  10. Frill Artist says:

    A bit speculative so let’s just wait and see. I pray that we don’t end up like Liverpool though.

  11. Marc L says:

    Whatever else you could say of the rags, it is a tremendously well-run club. So they had to be looking at succession plans, etc for quite a while. Not like a 40 year-old Slurgie just up and decides to devote his time to gardening or whatnot.

    If I were a rag fan I would not worry too much. They will bring in the biggest name that there is to be brought in and things will continue much as they have.

  12. Goatslookshifty says:

    As a tribute, the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand should have a clock face with six extra minutes on it, just to remind all the visiting managers of Fergie-Time.

    • david claekson says:

      well goaty it was in fergytime that city managed to win the league last year on goal differance what was it 5th minute of extra time when they got the winner against 10man qpr, pity city are not good enough to hold on to it, never mind go spend another 100 million

  13. Goatslookshifty says:

    When Everton are on their game, I don’t think any team fancies going to Goodison Park to take on Everton. David Moyes is fully capable of keeping Old Trafford a fortress if he becomes manager.

  14. BrassMonkey says:

    All valid points there, Gaffer – but I have to defend my club. I think we should really wait until we know more about the succession plan before we suggest that United are headed for a decline. It’s not like this is a big surprise- Fergie’s retirement has been coming for years.

    Moyes’ lack of experience concerns me a bit – I think he’d have a learning curve to deal with but he’d be fine in the end as he and SAF are a lot alike.

    Mourinho could step in right away and make points 2-7 irrelevant. That said, he’s a mercenary manager and couldn’t be relied on to stabilize the club the next decade (Moyes could). Then again, most top-level clubs don’t hold on to a manager for more than 3-4 years now anyway.

    My first choice is Klopp – he and his staff have done an amazing job at Dortmund and sadly, United will need that level of scouting / academy success to complete with the bottomless checkbooks at City, Chelsea, Real, Bayern, and PSG. FFP might help – but that will depend on how aggressively it is enforced.

    • Sacto Blues says:

      Umm United spends the dosh just like Chelsea, Man City, etc

    • Scrumper says:

      No German manager has ever been successful in the Premier League. I can’t see Klopp changing that.

      I think Brentford has the only German manager in the entire FA (Uwe Rossler) at the moment.

  15. Dave says:

    United should think long and hard before appointing another British manager. Fergie is a one off. Much has changed and no other British manager has had any success, yes, any success in the last 10 years in either the EPL or Europe. The best managers today are non-British.

    United weren’t at their best this season yet won the title. No one would disagree that it was because of Ferguson. A new manager will need to improve the team and keep the winning tradition alive. Big ask.

  16. BD says:

    Exodus = Rooney and Nani. Good riddance.

  17. Taylor says:

    Gaffer, 4-5: we’ll have to wait and see who will be the next manager.

    No.6: I would cross Mancini off the list. Sure, he won silverwares but he always bought tons of players: he’s a buyer (even at Inter), not a “developer”. Mancini is probably Mourinho-lite in terms of buying players to win. What can he do when he has to control the spending ?

  18. Tony Butterworth says:

    #3 I disagree. I think the shadow is sooooo long that it will be pointless to compare. At Chelsea moo had a short successful reign and followers were haunted by what could have been. Here it’s just a new start, different expectations.

    If someone came in and won 3 champions leagues in 5 years I think the shadow would not be there.

  19. Gerry Binks says:

    20,000 less stats for Gus Johnson to quote during a big match with no Fergie “in his box”.

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