The chairman of Derry’s Manchester United Supporter’s Club says it is the right time for Sir Alex Ferguson to step down.
Alec Birney is quick to pay tribute to ‘Fergie’ but says the club’s most successful manager “has done his time.”
“Believe it or not I had a feeling at the start of the season that if he won another title he would step down.
“He leaves the club in great nick,” Alec says, “It is the right time for him to step down.”
Ferguson, 71, announced on Wednesday that he will call it a day at the end of the season, after 26 years at the helm of the Manchester club.
Over the last quarter of a century United have won 38 trophies including 13 Premier League titles and two European Champions League trophies.
Alec says football is unlikely to “see his like again.”
“He is right up there among the greats, you would never believed he would have surpassed Matt Busby, but he has done that.”
The Derry supporter is now looking ahead to the weekend - he’ll be at Old Trafford for Sir Alex’s final league game in charge against Swansea .
“I’m sure it will be emotional, he’ll get a fantastic farewell.”
The bookies have installed Everton boss David Moyes as the most likely to replace Ferguson - a move that goes down well with Alec
“He’s a Scotsman with a similar character to Sir Alex. Look at what he has done at Everton, with no money, it’ll be a great move if Moyes comes,” he says.