So long Sir Alex: what’s next for Fergie?
Last weekend, arguably the greatest football manager of the past 30 years saw his long and illustrious career on the touchline come to an end. Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement earlier this month from the game, managed his last game for Manchester United, which culminated in an entertaining 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion, but what’s next for the feisty Scot?
It would be all too easy for him to sit back and admire his achievements, which include three league titles for Aberdeen and a total of 38 trophies in his 26 years at United, but Sir Alex has some plans. Not long after handing over the reins at Old Trafford to successor David Moyes, he’s going to become a director and ambassador for the club, so he won’t be too far away from the dugout.
Ticket to ride?
Away from the touchline, Sir Alex has had plenty going on, especially in the world of horse racing, where he has more than just a passing interest. For around two decades, he’s been a racehorse owner, and has enjoyed some success in the past. He recently had an entry in the Grand National at Aintree in the form of Harry The Viking, and is spotted at some of the biggest race meetings.
Now that he’s got a little more time on his hands, there is a strong possibility that Sir Alex might be devoting more of his energy to horse racing. As a member of the Highclere syndicate, which owns several horses, his attention is likely to turn towards the Epsom Derby, where one of the horses he co-owns Telescope is 6/1 to win at Epsom with Ladbrokes.
A helping hand
Aside from becoming etched into the history of footballing figures like Michael Owen, Mick Channon and Micky Quinn who became involved in horse racing, Sir Alex could end up providing the new United boss with a few wise words as he gets used to his new surroundings. Moyes, despite his experience at Everton, will want to get off to a great start in his new job.
Calling on Sir Alex for any advice he has on everything from what each player is like to manage to how to deal with problematic stars like Wayne Rooney, Moyes could make sure that Sir Alex won’t succumb to boredom while he’s in a new role upstairs. His continued presence elsewhere at the club could also ensure that United remain recognisable despite the end of his managerial tenure too.