‘Retirement is for young people’ – Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has announced he has no plans to retire despite having turned 70 years old on 31 December 2011.
“Retirement is for young people, not older people,” the septuagenarian said. “Young people can do something else. … If I get off the treadmill, where do you think I’m going? Down there.
“Trust me: when you get older, don’t retire,” he added.
The Manchester United manager, who has been in the club for 25 years, admits he has mellowed because the people he is dealing with today are more fragile than those of the previous decades.
“They are cocooned by modern ideas, modern parents, modern agents, and they are cocooned by their own image at times,” he said.
He also said that in the last ten years, he has learned to delegate. “In the early days, I was involved with scouting, coaching, youth – everything.
“You can’t do that for a long period of time.”
These days, due to his reduced workload, Ferguson is earning far less than his players. Nonetheless, he is firm in the knowledge of who’s the number one man in the team.
“The most important person at Manchester United is the manager,” he told the New York Times in an interview. “The minute a footballer becomes more important than the manager, your club is dead.”
As for the Glazer family, who had taken over United, he reported, “They never bother me … I am in a privileged position.”