Retirement not in Ferguson’s mindFebruary 11th, 2009 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 11 (IANS) Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson might be 67 but made it clear that retirement is not in his mind until he turns 70.
“I never even think about it these days,” Ferguson was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
Seven years back Ferguson made a sudden announcement to retire at the end of the 2001-02 season but suddenly retracted his statement. “I pigeon-holed myself as a 60-year-old retiring. But I knew I’d made a mistake. We changed it quickly enough,” he said about the decision.
Now he has given himself two more years till the summer of 2010, when his top players like Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs could all retire.
“You have to keep working hard with the same enthusiasm, especially when you’re doing very well. In modern times some people retire at 50 or 55. A few years ago I thought the time was right for me to do the same, but it was a mistake.
“Now? I don’t even think about it; I’m in a great club. There’s always a challenge, there’s always expectation and dealing with good players makes it much easier for me,” he said.
Ferguson said that he would continue till 2010 only on two conditions - first that he will “not go out a loser” and the second that he will be led by his health.
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