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Alex Ferguson will retire as Manchester United boss at the end of the season, the Premier League champions announced Wednesday, ending the career of the most successful manager English football has known. 

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Alex Ferguson is saying goodbye to Manchester United football – as a manager that is. He will remain a director at the club. AFP

Friday morning update

Manchester United on Thursday confirmed that David Moyes will succeed Alex Ferguson as manager of the club.

Moyes's departure from Everton was announced earlier in the day and United subsequently revealed that he has been awarded a six-year contract at Old Trafford.

"When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes, we unanimously agreed on David Moyes," said Ferguson in a statement, the day after he announced his decision to retire after 26 years in charge.

"David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I've admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here. AFP

succeed – to come next after somebody/something and take their/its place or position รับช่วงต่อ, ดำเนินต่อ
departure – leaving การออกจาก
subsequently – happening or coming after something else ซึ่งตามมา
reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย
candidate – one of the people being considered for a job ตัวแทนที่ส่งเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
attribute – a quality or feature of somebody/something คุณลักษณะ, คุณสมบัติ
unanimous – agreed by everyone เป็นเอกฉันท์
integrity – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change ความซื่อสัตย์, ความซื่อตรง

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Alex Ferguson retires from Man U

LONDON (AFP) – Alex Ferguson will retire as Manchester United boss at the end of the season, the Premier League champions announced Wednesday, ending the career of the most successful manager English football has known.

Ferguson, 71, guided United to 13 Premier League titles and two European Champions League crowns in 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.

Ferguson and one of best signings, Cristiano Ronaldo, pose with the FIFA world player of the year trophy AFP

It was not until Tuesday that rumours of Ferguson’s shock retirement started circulating, but he said it was a decision he had been considering for some time.

“The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time,” Ferguson said in a statement.

“It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so,” added Ferguson, who will bow out with United having wrested back the Premier League title this season from local rivals Manchester City.

Ferguson, who will remain at United as a director and club ambassador, said he was confident he was stepping down as manager with the squad in good shape.

“The quality of this league-winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long term future of the club remains a bright one,” he said.

United gave no indication of a successor amid speculation Everton’s David Moyes could fill the Old Trafford hot seat vacated by his fellow Scot.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who established a friendly rivalry with Ferguson when in charge of United’s rivals Chelsea, has also been touted for the role.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson celebrates with his players in 1999 after they defeated Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Barcelona. AFP

David Gill, who forged a highly successful partnership with Ferguson as United’s chief executive that included the unprecedented Treble of 1999 which included the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, paid tribute to the veteran manager.

“I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of working very closely with Alex for 16 unforgettable years – through the Treble, the double, countless trophy wins and numerous signings.

“Alex’s vision, energy and ability have built teams – both on and off the pitch – that his successor can count on as among the best and most loyal in world sport,” said Gill, who is also leaving the club this season.

United said Ferguson would remain at Old Trafford as a director and club ambassador. His final game in charge will be against West Bromwich Albion on May 19.

Ferguson is due to have a hip replacement operation after the end of the season but until rumours broke Tuesday there was no indication he was about to step down.

director – one of a group of senior managers who run a company กรรมการบริษัท
retire – to stop working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work เกษียณอายุ
guide – to help somebody to move in a particular direction; to move something in a particular direction; to direct or influence somebody's behaviour  นำทาง, นำไป
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
signing – someone who has signed a contract ผู้เซ็นสัญญา
pose – to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed วางท่าถ่ายรูป
rumour – a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ
shock – a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
circulate – to send to many different people หมุนเวียน
consider – to give careful thought to something before making a decision พิจารณา
take lightly – to not consider something carefully and seriously
shape – condition สภาพ
bow out – to exit; to leave (a job; a competition) ออกจาก
wrest – to take something such as power or control from somebody/something with great effort; to take something from somebody that they do not want to give, suddenly or violently  แย่งชิง, ฉกฉวย
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
rival – a person, team or business that competes with another คู่แข่ง
ambassador – someone who is considered to represent an activity, organization, company etc   ตัวแทน, ผู้แทน
confident – certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
squad – a team in sports from which the players for a match are chosen ทีม
quality – the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is คุณภาพ
bode well – to be a good sign for somebody/something เป็นลางสังหรณ์ที่ดี
set-up – a way of organising something; a system การจัดเตรียม
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done  ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
indication – a sign that something happened, is true or exists  เครื่องบ่งชี้
successor – a person or thing that comes after someone or something and takes their/its place  ผู้สืบทอด, ดำรงตำแหน่งต่อ
amid – in the middle of; at the same time as ท่ามกลาง, ระหว่าง
speculation – ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information การคาดการณ์
vacate – to leave empty ออกจาก, ออกไปจาก
fellow – of people who live in the same country เพื่อนร่วมชาติ
rivalry – competition between groups of people, business, teams, etc. การแข่งขันกัน,การเป็นคู่ต่อสู้กัน
tout – to praise someone or something because you want other people to think they are good or important พูดคุยอวด
role – the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation; function or job บทบาท
forge – to develop a successful relationship หลอม สานสัมพันธ์
chief executive – the person with the highest rank in a company or an organisation ผู้บริหารสูงสุด
unprecedented – never having happened before ที่ไม่เคยเกิดขึ้นมาก่อน
treble – three successes in a row สามประการ
pay tribute – to say or do something that shows you respect and admire someone a lot แสดงความชื่นชมหรือขอบคุณสำหรับ
veteran – a person who has a lot of experience in a particular area or activity (สส.)หน้าเก่า, (สส.)หลายสมัย, ผู้อาวุโส, ทหารผ่านศึก
tremendous – very good; very much ที่ดี ที่มากมหาศาล
countless – very many; too many to be counted มากเหลือคณานับ
trophy – a large silver cup or similar object given as a prize to the winner of a competition ถ้วยรางวัล
numerous – many มากมาย
vision – the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way วิสัยทัศน์
pitch – an area painted with lines for playing particular sports, especially football สนามฟุตบอล
count on – to trust somebody to do something or to be sure that something will happen พึ่งพา, ไว้วางใจใน
loyal – willing to support, work for, or be a friend to someone, even in difficult times จงรักภักดี ซื่อสัตย์
hip – one of the two parts at either side of your body between your waist and the top of your legs สะโพก
operation – the process of cutting open a part of a person's body in order to remove or repair a damaged part การผ่าตัด
rumour – a story that people are discussing but which may or may not be true ข่าวลือ

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