Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is not surprised by Sir Alex Ferguson’s announced retirement at the end of the season, stating that he had anticipated that this would be the Manchester United manager’s final campaign, reports the Daily
Ferguson made the announcement last Wednesday that he was bringing to an end his 26-year stint as United boss, and his old adversary has stated that he had expected Ferguson to retire at the end of the season.
Wenger said: “I was not surprised and I told my staff I thought it would be his last year. I detected a few signs throughout the seasons.
“It’s sad that he has retired because it is the end of a remarkable career. But you have to respect his decision,” added the Frenchman.
Ferguson and Wenger have been fierce rivals over the years, taking part in many important tussles at the summit of English football, but a gentler mutual respect has developed between the two over more recent years.
Ferguson’s exit leaves Wenger, who joined Arsenal in 1996, as the longest-serving Premier League manager, although this is not a fact that Wenger is taking pride in.
“It’s not a title at all. Ferguson is lucky compared to me – he likes horses and golf, so he can have interesting life again. But our job is looking forward to the next game, you are always motivated by that.”
Arsenal host FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic on Tuesday in a match vital for the Gunners, who are involved in a tightly-fought battle with local rivals Tottenham for the final Champions League place, while a defeat for the Latics would condemn them to relegation.
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