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The most successful football coach Britain has ever announced his retirement on Wednesday when Sir Alex Ferguson an end to his 26 years in of Manchester United, one of the world's footballing powers. Sir Alex is perhaps the most successful coach in any British sport. He brought success to his club, winning 38 trophies during his . In a statement he said: "The to retire is one that I have thought a great about and one that I have not taken . It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible and I believe I have done so." He added: "I must pay tribute to my family. Their love and support have been ."

Twitter said the news of Sir Alex's retirement received four times more than news of the death of Margaret Thatcher last month. The top in football were quick to pay homage to the manager. David Beckham tweeted: "Without him, I would never have what I have done in my career….I am honoured to have been guided by the greatest manager in football." FIFA president Sepp Blatter tweeted: "His achievements in the game place him without as one of the ." UEFA president Michel Platini described Ferguson as a "" who "has made a contribution to football". His successor has an exceedingly tough to follow.

 


 
 

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