Fergie to quit within 3 years

United boss reveals plans to quit before he turns 70

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his intention to step down as Manchester United manager within the next three years.

Ferguson continued his outstanding record at Old Trafford by securing a memorable Premier League and UEFA Champions League double in the 2007/08 campaign.

The Scot had previously announced plans to retire at the end of the 2001/02 season; however he made a dramatic U-turn in February 2002, agreeing to stay on at the club.

But Ferguson, 66, has now revealed his intention to quit his managerial role at United before he turns 70-years-old.


"I won't be managing here when I'm 70. No, never. I can assure you of that," Ferguson said.

"I won't be managing here any more than three years at the very, very, very most - no question.

"There is a time when you have to think about time for yourself. You know, my wife is getting older and I have to think about that.

"I think she deserves a bit of my time. The older you get, the more guilty you feel about it. What I would like to do in life is travel to places I have never been to.

My decision

"I would love to go to the States and spend about three or four months there. I will still be involved with United in some shape or form. I hope so because I have a good relationship.

"There is no chance of me ever being sacked. I think it will be my decision and [chief executive] David Gill is happy with that."