Ferguson rubbishes retirement talk

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed rumours of his impending retirement, declaring that only failing health will seal the Scottish manager’s Old Trafford exit. Media speculation of Ferguson’s retirement intensified this week amid reports that the 68-year-old Scot will step down in June 2011, with David Moyes touted as a replacement.

“It is rubbish,” Ferguson told reporters at his Friday morning Carrington press conference.

“There is no truth in it. I have no intention of retiring and if I did the people I would tell are David Gill and the Glazer family.

“It is what you have to accept in life. There is pressure in life. I can deal with it. The only thing that determines whether I stay here is my health. And I am in rude health.”

Warning the gathered media that he intends to stay in the post he has held since November 1986, Ferguson joke that reporters would retire before he does.

“You will be gone before I’m gone, don’t worry,” added Ferguson.

If Ferguson remains in the job past November 2011 he will become the longest-serving United manager in history, surpassing the late Sir Matt Busby.

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