Saturday 16 December 2017

Alex Ferguson: A career in pictures

Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement as Manchester United manager. Here are some of his career highlights
Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement as Manchester United manager. Here are some of his career highlights
Back in 1978 Alex Ferguson in Glasgow made history as the first football club manager to take his sacking to an industrial tribunal claiming unfair dismissal. Alex Ferguson lost his job as manager at Scottish Premier League club St Mirren in May, but is currently at Aberdeen. .
Scotland manager Alex Ferguson wished bon voyage by Glasgow Airport staff when they presented him with a mascot as he left with the squad for the World Cup in Mexico in this photo dated 14/05/1986.
Alex Ferguson unveiled as Manchester United's manager at a press conference at Old Trafford, with chairman Martin Edwards on 7/11/1986
Manchester United's new manager Alex Ferguson at a press conference at Old Trafford, decked out in his new team's colours on 07/11/1986.
Alex Ferguson on his first day in the United hotseat
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (hands in pockets) chats to team players during a break in their training session on his first day as United manager.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (second right) watches his new team for the first time as they crash to a 2-0 defeat on 08/11/1986.
1990: Captain Bryan Robson holds up the FA Cup after the presentation by the Duke of Kent following United's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup replay at Wembley.It was Ferguson's first major trophy as United boss
1990: After winning the FA Cup at Wembley. United beat Crystal Palace 1-0.
1990: Manchester United's goalscorer Lee Martin holds aloft the FA Cup after his team's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the replay at Wembley
1991: Matt Busby with Ferguson after United beat Barcelona for the European Cup Winners Cup in Rotterdam.
Arguably the greatest signing of Ferguson's 26 year reign as United manager was the deal that brought Eric Cantona to Old Trafford in 1992.
In 1995, Ferguson spent £6 million on signing Andy Cole from Newcastle United Andy Cole.
1996: Ferguson (right) and assistant manager Brian Kidd hold the Premiership trophy after beating Middlesbrough to win the title
1996: Ferguson and Eric Cantona celebrating in Manchester after winning the Carling's Manager of the Month and Player of the Month
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan (left) gets to grips with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as they meet at Wembley for the start of the European Championships in 1996. The two had a bitter rivalry in 1995-1996 season.
In 1997 Carling Premiership Manager of the Month Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson relaxes in his office in 1998.
In 1998 Alex Ferguson, with Dwight Yorke after he became Manchester United's record signing for £12.6million, at Old Trafford.
Pictured in 1999, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (right) congratulates David Beckham (centre) and Roy Keane after his side clinched the Premiership Title at Old Trafford. It was the year that United won their historic treble.
Ferguson lifts the FA Cup following his sides 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the FA Cup final at Wembley. It was second trophy as part of their treble
1999: Ferguson with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following victory over Bayern Munich.
199: Ferguson gives the European Champions League Cup a big kiss in Barcelona, after his team's victory over Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp stadium.
1999: Ferguson received a knighthood from the Queen after winning the treble
1999: Ferguson, holds up the plaque as he receives the freedom of the City of Glasgow.
Alex Ferguson with the Carling Premiership Trophy and the Carling Manager of the Year Award (left), which he won at the League Managers Association Dinner in 2000.
2001: Ferguson is applauded by his captain Roy Keane, as he lifts the FA Carling Premiership trophy.
In 2001, David Beckham (L) with his BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2001 and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson with his Lifetime Achievement Award.
Manchester United fan Gary Breslin smiles as he reads the Manchester Evening News proclaiming that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to continue in charge, outside Old Trafford in 2002.
2003: Ferguson holds the Premiership trophy after his side 2-1 win over Everton.
File photo dated 06/05/2003 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) with player Ryan Giggs, holding eight bottles of champagne representing their eight Premiership title wins
2004: New signing Wayne Rooney (r) and manager Sir Alex Ferguson pose with his shirt
In 2007 Ferguson with Ryan Giggs.
2008: Manchester United players are lead out by manager Alex Ferguson to collect their trophy following the Barclays Premier League match at JJB Stadium, Wigan.
Ferguson runs onto the pitch to congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo with Gary Neville after winning the Champions League in Moscow
Ferguson with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow in 2008
2009: Cristiano Ronaldo with Ferguson during a press conference
2010: Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, reacts during their Champions League quarter-final match against Bayern Munich in Munich
In 2011 Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with Chief Executive David Gill. The Chief Executive is also due to leave the club this summer.
2011: Ferguson holds the manager of the season award before their English Premier League soccer match against Blackpool
Ferguson and Everton's manager David Moyes laugh with the fourth official in 2012
New signing Robin Van Persie (left) with manager Sir Alex Ferguson following a press conference at Old Trafford, Manchester in August 2012.
2013: Ferguson celebrates winning the league title after the final whistle.
Fires still burn: Ferguson (C) reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Old Trafford last week

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