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May 8, 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson: Can anyone surpass his achievements?
Sir Alex Ferguson: Can anyone surpass his achievements?

Sir Alex Ferguson's announcement this morning has sent shockwaves throughout the footballing world. 26 years, 38 trophies, 13 leagues titles; his retirement will be a great loss to football. In his 26 years at the helm of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has achieved unrivalled success and his ability to continually build upon his previous squads is what has made him an anomaly in the game. Ferguson is ,without question the most successful manager in the English game. His records are staggering; the United treble of 1999 and surpassing Liverpool's 18 league titles are just two of his greatest achievements. It is worth remembering the situation in which the soon-to-retire Manchester United manager took the reins at Manchester United in 1986. United were still awaiting their first Division One title since Matt Busby's side won in the 1966-67 season, with Denis Law as their top goalscorer. He dd not immediately bring success either, finishing in 11th place in two of his first 3 seasons. Fast forward to 2013 and the clubs position in global football is incomparable. Ferguson has left Manchester United in arguably the strongest position that the club has ever been in. So, the question arise of whether anyone can possibly match the Scot's success. He is arguably the greatest manager in the history of football, but who can surpass him? Here are my top 3 candidates of the moment: ...