By DAN KARELL
The Theater of Dreams is going to have a distinctly different feel next season.
Manchester United confirmed Tuesday night’s rumors as manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced on Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the season after 27 years as manager. Ferguson will become a club ambassador and a member of the Board of Directors once he steps away from the touchline.
“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,” Ferguson told ManUtd.com. “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.”
Long rumored to be the potential replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, Everton manager David Moyes appears ready to get his chance.
According to reports out of England, Moyes will be announced as the next Manchester United manager by Thursday, and will leave the Merseyside club that he has called home since 2002. The Scotland-born manager is a three time manager of the year, leading Everton to top half finishes in all but three seasons in charge.
Manchester United would only be the third managerial position for the 50-year-old since retiring as a player in 1999. His first job was as manager of Preston North End.
Reactions have begun to pour in from around the world as fans, players, and officials pay tribute to Ferguson. Since first taking over Manchester United in 1986, the 71-year-old manager won 37 titles, including twice in the Champions League, five FA Cup’s, and 13 Premier League championships.
Ferguson is given the chance to go out on top, having lead his team to their 20th league title this season. His final match in charge will be on May 19, at West Bromwich Albion.
What do you think of the news? Shocked to see Ferguson stepping down, or think it’s the right time? Like Moyes as a replacement or do you think Manchester United should have tried for Jose Mourinho?
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