During more than a quarter of a century in charge of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson has always found the way to win — and win again.
Scrappy, abrasive and always up for a fight, Ferguson turned the club into a global power and established himself as the most successful manager in British soccer history.
And now, the 71-year-old Scotsman is going out on a high. On his own terms.
With his 13th Premier League title and 38th major trophy at United secured, Ferguson announced Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the season.
‘‘The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly,’’ the Scotsman said. ‘‘It is the right time.’’
Since taking charge at Old Trafford in 1986, Ferguson’s trophy collection also includes two Champions League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, and the 2008 FIFA World Club Cup.
‘‘His drive, ambition, skill, passion and vision have not only shaped Manchester United, but in many ways the game of football as we now know it,’’ Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said.
Manchester United, owned by the American Glazer family and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, did not immediately announce a successor, but will need to act swiftly to stave off market uncertainty.
Everton manager David Moyes, a fellow Scot from Glasgow, is the frontrunner.
During 11 years at Everton, Moyes has overseen impressive results on a limited budget and enjoyed a long-standing friendship with Ferguson.
Ferguson will remain as a club director and ambassador.
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