Date: 3rd November 2006 at 2:19pm
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As Sir Alex Ferguson approaches his 20th anniversary at Manchester United, more and more comments, opinions and reminiscenses can be read in the press. The latest man to jump on this truly inspiring bandwagon is Gary Neville, who wants the Scot to spend another decade in charge of our beloved team.

‘It would not surprise me if he was to go on for five to 10 years, said Neville. ‘Why should he leave? He`s as determined as ever.

“It is a continual challenge to be at this club. I know that from being a player, I know that from being a fan. That will keep him young.’

Well, I’m a little bit apprehensive about this idea though I can’t really imagine anyone else on the bench of Manchester United so I’m rather torn. But for anyone to work at the age of 75, I think it’s way too much. I believe it keeps him young and all but I simply do not see how it is possible not to long for a rest after a life’s work at such a respectable age?


Fergie himself did not set a timescale on his retirement but he rather savagely rejected the idea of doing it in the near future.

“It is scandalous some people think I should retire,” he said. “It is none of their business.

“Some people in this country don’t want to work, so I don’t think you should decry anyone who wants to. It disgusts me that people think that way. It should not be allowed.

“Legislation on retirement is changing in this country, which is right. There are no retirement age laws in the USA.”

“You have to look at each individual separately. If they are fit enough to continue what they do, they should be allowed to.

“For instance, referees in this country have to retire at 48 when some of them are as fit as fiddles.”

So he shattered my question about his motivation; it seems he feels himself as fit as fiddles. As long as we play good football, I’m happy to see him on the bench.