Ferguson feared leaving Man Utd in the lurch upon retiring

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he worried he was leaving Manchester United high and dry by retiring at the same time chief executive David Gill was leaving the club, ESPN has reported.

Ferguson stepped down at the end of the season, having claimed the Premier League title, but informed Gill of his intentions in February. It was only then that Ferguson learned Gill was considering leaving Old Trafford as well, bringing on concern from Ferguson that he was abandoning the club to what would be a tumultuous time.

I had a meeting with David Gill in my house,” Ferguson told MUTV. “

He came over to talk to me about him retiring himself. I says: ‘Christ, I’ve made up my mind to retire myself at the end of the season.’ That gave me a terrible quandary because you start thinking about leaving the club in the lurch.

Ferguson continued: “I said: ‘I’ll need to speak to Mr Glazer, to Joel.’ And he organised for Joel to give me a call and I explained to him why I wanted to retire and why it was the right reasons and he accepted that. That was at the end of February. So that period was difficult. I was trying to keep it quiet and couldn’t tell some members of my family.

Gill was replaced by the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, while Ferguson was succeeded by Everton manager David Moyes. Ferguson had been the manager at Old Trafford since 1986 while Gill was chief executive for a decade, taking the position when Peter Kenyon departed for Chelsea.

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