Why Sir Alex Has Planned a Few More Years at the Top with Manchester United

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Why Sir Alex Has Planned a Few More Years at the Top with Manchester United
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Terry Carroll has written a great piece here about signs that Sir Alex Ferguson may step down from the Manchester United managerial hot-seat at the end of this season.

Among the signs suggested are changes at Old Trafford, Sir Alex's desire to go out on top, the increasing competition in the Premier League, his age, the slow departure of his fledglings and an emergence of possible successors such as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

Recent developments have led to increased speculation about how much longer Ferguson has at United. There were renewed reports of a meeting between him and Guardiola in New York, where one of the topics of discussion apparently centered around the succession at United.

Even though Manchester United were quick to quash these rumors, all the talk of signs is valid and hard to argue against. After all, no one—not even Old Trafford's Scottish knight—can stop the march of time. One day, Ferguson will retire and United will be left with the momentous task of replacing the most successful manager in its history.

However, that time might well be two or three years into the future rather than around the corner. Ferguson himself admitted that he expects to be the manager at United till 2014, at the very least.

This article tries to explore the reasons why the flame of Ferguson's enthusiasm might remain undimmed for longer than it may appear.

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