Blogs & Opinion


Ed blogs on Sir Alex Ferguson and the relegation battle

Ed Chamberlin - Ed Chamberlin Posted 9th May 2013 view comments

An incredible week of football, yet only one story in town. And not just in this country. Sir Alex Ferguson was headline news across Europe, Asia, Africa and even in America.

That shows the impact he has had on the sport. The most successful manager in the history of English football deciding to retire is the biggest story in Premier League history.

Sir Alex has been a manager for my entire lifetime and in those 39 years has won a staggering 49 trophies. It's hard to imagine football without him. In his time at Old Trafford he managed to build successful team after team, whilst also building a club. The modern Manchester United, with its vast global appeal, is largely down to one man.

Sir Alex Ferguson: will we see his likes again?

Sir Alex Ferguson: will we see his likes again?

From his first game in charge at Manchester United against Oxford in old Division One on November 8th 1986, watched by just 13,545 fans at the Manor Ground all the way through to this Sunday's coronation, he has transformed Manchester United from laughing stock to the ultimate modern day football club. It has been an incredible journey for United fans. In that time Sir Alex won more trophies (38) than any other manager in English football history, including the 13 Premier League titles.

Super Sunday is going to be a bit special now and I'll be joined by a few Manchester United legends. It is going to be an honour and a privilege to present Sir Alex Ferguson's final Premier League game at Old Trafford.

Ed Chamberlin
Quotes of the week

The story sparked a betting frenzy with Sky Bet. David Moyes was 20/1 to become the next Manchester United manager on Friday. I suspected nothing when we were at Old Trafford for Super Sunday but money was starting to arrive for the Everton manager and by Monday morning he was Skybet's new favourite.

When the news broke of Sir Alex's retirement at around 9am on Wednesday morning Sky Bet were still 8/11 Moyes, 6/5 Mourinho but the 8/11 disappeared very quickly and by Wednesday evening Moyes was long odds-on. Gary Neville, who understands better than anyone the way that United work, described the potential appointment of Moyes as a decision that makes sense.

Super Sunday is going to be a bit special now and I'll be joined by a few Manchester United legends. It is going to be an honour and a privilege to present Sir Alex Ferguson's final Premier League game at Old Trafford. Seeing Sir Alex lift the trophy for a 13th and final time as manager is going to be one of those iconic sporting moments.

Relegation carnage

At the other end of the table on Tuesday night there will have been seven Premier League managers breathing major sighs of relief. We already had a unique situation and the tightest situation at the bottom in Premier League history and a Wigan win against Swansea would have sparked 'relegation carnage.' You could sense panic amongst fans around the country and sides that thought they were safe suddenly needed to come back from their sun beds and re-focus on the relegation battle.

However, Wigan's defeat changes all that. Roberto Martinez's now have the FA Cup Final on Saturday and will have to get something at Arsenal three days later to have any chance of surviving.

No wonder they are now 1/4 to be relegated. The Cup Final at Wembley against Manchester City will be physically and emotionally draining plus they will be up against an Arsenal side needing a win in their bid to secure Champions League football. One thing guaranteed is that Wigan will have a go and won't die wondering but this looks a tough task.This week was the last Monday Night Football of the season. It was enjoyable to reminisce after the game on Monday night as it's been a lot of fun to present alongside Gary. My favourite Neville quote from a long shortlist was when I asked which was his favourite Premier League ground to visit. Answer: "The Emirates. They have a great buffet."

There is some top sport going on in May. What a great time of year this is for racing. Hot on the heels of the Guineas are Derby and Oaks trials with the May Meetings at Chester this week then York. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the reappearance of Liber Nauticus, hopefully in the Musidora on the Knavesmire. There's also the ongoing Giro d'Italia, Spanish Grand Prix and TPC at Sawgrass.

However, on Sunday the eyes of the sporting world will be on one man.

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Jamie Carragher

Lack of intensity

Jamie Carragher says Manchester United could not handle the power or pace of Everton....

Dwight Yorke

Ramsey shines bright

Dwight Yorke looks at the importance of Aaron Ramsey as Arsenal beat Hull 3-0 at the KC Stadium....

Jamie Redknapp

Jose 'embarrassing'

Jamie Redknapp says that Jose Mourinho should focus on his own failings rather than blame match officials....

Latest News RSS feeds

Moyes: Terrible goals conceded

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Suarez won't get carried away

Luis Suarez insisted he is not getting carried away with Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League.

Wenger pleased with Hull win

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was pleased with his side's performance as they eased to a 3-0 win over Hull City.

Lerner fuels Villa sale claims

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner will not discuss his future at the club until the end of the season.

Martinez: We adapted well

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Features

Best of the Weekend

Best of the Weekend

We cast an eye over the weekend's Premier League action and pick out the highlights.

Embarrassment for David Moyes as Everton show the Manchester United boss how they have moved on

Embarrassment for David Moyes as Everton show the Manchester United boss how they have moved on

"Are you watching David Moyes?" was the cry from the Goodison Park faithful after Everton had scored their second goal.

Aaron Ramsey provided a powerful display at Hull to remind Arsenal fans of just what they've been missing

Aaron Ramsey provided a powerful display at Hull to remind Arsenal fans of just what they've been missing

Paul Merson had exuded an air of exasperation on Sky Sports prior to Arsenal’s game against West Ham in midweek. The balance of this incarnation of the team was all wrong, he argued. Where was the pace in this Gunners side?