I don’t know about you, but over the past couple of months I’ve noticed a change in Sir Alex Ferguson. He appears more relaxed, less angry in general and he hasn’t been complaining about the whole world and everything in it quite as much lately. Nor has he been getting irritated by interviewers’ silly questions, even after massively important games which haven’t gone Utd’s way. He even berated Ashley Young for his diving! And quite right too. In short he has actually become……reasonable! So what on earth could be the driving force behind this? How is it that a character like Alex Ferguson can suddenly change the way they behave at 70?
It has puzzled me no end but I’m a firm believer that there’s a reason for everything. And the only rational explanation I can think of is that he is planning to call it a day. This being the case, he will have mentally taken his foot off the pedal and is more chilled out. Or so the theory goes.
Thinking about it, it would be a very logical time to retire. With City taking the title on Sunday the order is changing. This would be the perfect time to hand over to a young gun at the top of his game – say Jose Mourinho – to combat the threat of money bags City as Fergie heads into old age. It probably won’t be a popular thing to say, but I’m just thinking out loud here. And of course this has nothing to do with the 5/1 I got in December 2009 about Mourinho becoming the next Man Utd manager.
The two clubs have got a track record for keeping mega deals top secret (ie Ronaldo), despite Fergie’s quip that he “wouldn’t sell them a virus”. So it could happen sooner than you think.
Of course, now that they lost to City the way they did he probably won’t do anything of the sort and will turn up next season more fired up than ever. We’ll see soon enough.
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