Sir Alex Ferguson has repeated his reason for retiring from Manchester United – a story the Daily Telegraph is claiming as an exclusive despite him saying exactly the same thing in May 2013.
‘United fans will be pained to hear for the first time that Sir Alex Ferguson would have stayed on as the most successful manager in English football history, but for the death of his wife Cathy’s twin sister, Bridget Robertson, which persuaded him to retire to be by her side,’ writes Paul Hayward.
Ferguson is quoted now as saying: “I definitely would have carried on. I saw she [Lady Cathy Ferguson] was watching television one night, and she looked up at the ceiling. I knew she was isolated. Her and Bridget were twins, you know? When I told her this time I was going to retire she had no objection whatsoever. I knew she wanted me to do it.”
But Ferguson said this in May 2013: “Things changed when Cathy’s sister died. She’s isolated a lot now and I think I owe her a lot of my own time. For 47 years she’s been the leader of the family, looked after our three sons and sacrificed for me, now she’s got lots of grandchildren, they all dote on her and I think she’s lost her best friend, so I think I owe her time.”