08 May 2013 16:45 | By xinmsn Sports
Alex Ferguson: Career in Pictures

A Manchester United without Sir Alex? Having confirmed his resignation after more than 26 years in charge, we look back on Ferguson’s Old Trafford career



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Alex Ferguson is to retire as the manager of Manchester United, the English Premier League champions announced Wednesday.

The team’s final match this season on 19 May against West Brom will be his last, before he moves up to become a club director.

In an official statement, Ferguson wrote, “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.

The most successful manager in English football history went on to pay tribute to the players, fans and management.

“In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team.”

Ferguson, 71, has been in charge at Old Trafford for 26 years, guiding Manchester United to 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns.

Outgoing chief executive David Gill added, “I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of working very closely with Alex for 16 unforgettable years – through the Treble, the double, countless trophy wins and numerous signings.

“We knew that his retirement would come one day and we both have been planning for it by ensuring the quality of the squad and club structures are in first-class condition.

“Alex’s vision, energy and ability have built teams – both on and off the pitch – that his successor can count on as among the best and most loyal in world sport.

“What he has done for this club and for the game in general will never be forgotten.”

Click on to see pictures from Fergie's illustrious past.

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