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Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson 'too old' for retirement


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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated his desire to remain in management for the foreseeable future.

Ferguson turns 69 in December but has no plans to relinquish the post at Old Trafford, which he has held since 1986.

"Retirement is for young people," said the Scot. "I'm too old to retire. I would have nothing to do.

"As long as my health is in good condition I will carry on. My family will make this decision."

Ferguson, who won the European Cup in 1999, almost retired in 2002 but changed his mind and went on to win the Champions League again in 2008.

In the same year he celebrated a half-century in football having made his debut for Queen's Park as a 16-year-old on 15 November 1958.

He admitted his style has changed in 36 years as a manager but confirmed he is still prepared to give players the 'hairdryer' treatment and lose his temper if warranted.

"I've mellowed a great deal," the former East Stirling, St Mirren, Aberdeen and Scotland boss admitted.


"The world has changed and so have players' attitudes. I'm dealing with more fragile human beings than I used to be. They are cocooned by modern parents, agents, even their own image at times.

"They need to be seen with their tattoos and earrings. Some players even cry now in the dressing room - [former captain] Bryan Robson never used to cry.

"It's a different world for me so I have had to adapt. There is nothing wrong with losing your temper if it's for the right reasons. But I never leave it until the next day. I don't believe in that."

News emerged this week that United's American owners plan to reduce the financial pressure on the club by paying off high-interest loans, estimated to be worth £220m.

The Glazer family's £790m takeover in 2005 has provoked much criticism and resulted in the setting up of breakaway fans' club, FC United of Manchester, as well as the Green and Gold protest movement.

But Ferguson said he was "privileged" to work with owners who let him focus solely on running the team.

"They have never bothered me or interfered with my job," he added. "I'm probably in a privileged position. Some owners are hands on because they've invested a lot of money, not just foreign owners.

"I've heard stories of owners texting managers during training sessions, English owners. Just because people are successful in business, doesn't mean they will be successful at a football club."

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