Manchester United‘s season hasn’t gotten off to the start they had hoped for. In league play they’ve gone 3-2-3 collecting 11 points and currently sit in 8th place. Before United won their 20th league title, Sir Alex Ferguson told chief executive David Gill that he planed to retire at the season’s end.
Gill also was planning to retire at the end of the season. That had Ferguson doubting if he should retire because he was afraid to leave the club in the “lurch.”
“I had a meeting with David Gill in my house,” Ferguson said, via ESPN FC. “He phoned me one lunchtime and said ‘are you busy’ — it was a Sunday — he said: ‘I’d like to come over and speak to you.’
“He came over to talk to me about him retiring himself. I says: ‘Christ, I’ve made up my mind to retire myself at the end of the season.’ That gave me a terrible quandary because you start thinking about leaving the club in the lurch.
“I said: ‘I’ll need to speak to Mr Glazer, to Joel.’ And he organised for Joel to give me a call and I explained to him why I wanted to retire and why it was the right reasons and he accepted that.
“That was at the end of February. So that period was difficult. I was trying to keep it quiet and couldn’t tell some members of my family.”
It looks like his gut feeling might have been right. United has gotten off to a terrible start by their standards, but there is a lot of season left.