Ferguson had planned to retire in 2005, however he renaged on his decision, and has not spoken of a future retirement since. However, in recent weeks his side have been knocked out of the Champions League, are second in the Premier League, and the Scottish manager is thought to have decided that now is the time to retire. This would also appear to be backed-up by comments made by Alex’s son, Darren Ferguson, in March 2009 when he said: “I can see him doing this year and next – and then that might be it for him.”
Jose Mourinho recently spoke out publicly attacking Italian football, saying “I don’t like Italian football, and Italian football doesn’t like me”. He is also known to want the Manchester United job, and favours a move back to England ahead of Spain.