Thursday, May 09, 2013

Hell Freezes Over II

I made two possible-yet-unlikely predictions at the start of 2013. One was that Bruno Sammartino would end his grievance with World Wrestling Entertainment and be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on the night before WrestleMania.

The other was that Alex Ferguson would retire.

I'm 2-0.

I am quite stunned that Fergie has decided to call it a day.

Don't get me wrong - I knew it was going to happen sooner or later (remember that time he was going to leave in 2001?), I just didn't think it was going to be now.

In January, when I made the prediction, Pep Guardiola was on his one-year hiatus from football. I had a feeling he would be Ferguson's successor so made the bold guess that this would be the year

Then, fifteen days later, it was announced that Guardiola was heading to Bayern Munich on a three-year contract. I then had it in my head that Alex Ferguson would call time on his legendary managerial career in 2016 to make way for Guardiola.

How wrong I was.

It doesn't matter who you support. You have to respect what Alex Ferguson has accomplished in his career.

I do.

He's going to leave that club a hell of a lot better off than the way he found it. Bearing in mind the way British football is, with sackings left right and centre, it's easy to say that there will never be a manager who will be afforded the longevity and success that Ferguson had in his time at United.

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