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It's over to you, David!

ALEX FERGUSON has called time on his remarkable career as Manchester United boss – and the big question is the identity of the man who will follow in his footsteps.

David Moyes is the racing favourite in the bookmaker offices, with many punters clearly influenced by the fact that he has made no attempt to begin overdue talks about a new deal at Everton.

Jose Mourinho was widely tipped for a return to Stamford Bridge as late as yesterday but must figure in the Glazer family's thoughts as they begin the huge task of replacing the greatest football manager of all time.

The shock announcement came from Old Trafford this morning after feverish overnight speculation pointed to an imminent decision.

So far, Manchester United officials are remaining tight-lipped about the reasons behind Ferguson's decision to quit and move into the role of director.

"The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time," said Ferguson.

"It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so."