Ferguson celebrates his 70th birthday later this year, by which time he will have spent 25 years in the Old Trafford hotseat. After Saturday’s results went in United’s favour, it also seems likely the Scot will soon become a Premier League champion for the 12th time – a number that will take the Red Devils to a record 19th title overall.
And although his thirst for trophies remains unquenched, Ferguson has admitted he would not resist if the Old Trafford powerbrokers felt he had gone on too long.
“If I was told, ‘Alex, you are too old, we have decided to turn the page’, no problem,” he said. “I have done my part here, with an absolutely fantastic career.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
The only people with enough influence at the club to make such a seismic decision are the owners, the Glazer family, or chief executive David Gill.
Ferguson shows no signs of slowing down, however, meaning former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will have to wait if he is to fulfil his reported desire to succeed the Scot in the Old Trafford hotseat.
“Jose is a great friend of mine,” Ferguson added. “We have spoken many times about his future and I understand his wish to return to England because here a coach has more freedom than in Spain, without the constant following of the media and radio.
“But it’s difficult for me to say when my position will be available. It will be my health that decides. I will continue until I no longer feel the energy that has always accompanied me.
“My father, who worked in the shipyards, retired at the age of 65 and one year later he was dead. The worst you can do is to say I have worked for 45 years and now I have a right to rest. You need to always remain active and in good form.”
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