The legendary Man Utd manager says he decided to leave the Old Trafford hot seat after the death of his sister-in-law
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says he would have carried on managing the club if it hadn’t been for a family tragedy.
The Scot, regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever bosses, shook the football world when he announced his retirement in 2013 after 26 trophy-laden years at the helm.
However two years on from his emotional departure from the Old Trafford hot seat, he has now revealed it was the death of his sister-in-law which saw him make up his mind to finally call it a day.
Bridget, twin sister of his wife Cathy, passed away in October 2012 and Fergie said he realised he needed to put her first and spend more time with her.
“I definitely would have carried on” he told the Telegraph.
“I saw she (Cathy) was watching television one night, and she looked up at the ceiling. I knew she was isolated.
“Her and Bridget were twins, you know?”
His wife of 49 years famously helped talk him out of retiring in 2002.
But Ferguson said: “When I told her this time I was going to retire she had no objection whatsoever.
“I knew she wanted me to do it.”
United have struggled since he signed-off by winning his 13th league title.
They laboured to a seventh place finish under his hand-picked successor David Moyes with Dutchman Louis Van Gaal also so far to convince.
However Sir Alex said he helped put measures in place to ensure the Reds’ continued success.
And he says he still loves watching them in action.
“Even when I knew I was retiring we still tried to put some things in place, with players coming in.
“Like everything I say about Manchester United, the bus was still moving forward.
“No one was getting left behind.
“Everyone was optimistic about where we were going.
“Once I made my decision I wasn’t going to go into it as a grumpy old man leaving his job.
“My dad left the shipyards at 65 because you had to leave your job at 65.
“The challenges in front of me were good ones, especially the Harvard thing (he teaches part-time at the university’s business school).
“Then my involvement with United as a director, as an ambassador, and my jobs with Uefa, Unicef.
“I’ve travelled a bit and I love watching the team.”