Man United’s Sir Alex Ferguson deserves ‘greatest’ tag, says Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson praises Sir Alex Ferguson's human qualities and hails the Manchester United boss as "the greatest"

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Roy Hodgson hails Sir Alex Ferguson as "the greatest" manager Photo: Football.ua

Roy Hodgson has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson as the “greatest” after the Manchester United manager announced his retirement.

The 71-year-old, who will be in charge for the club’s final two games this season, will leave behind a legacy which includes a staggering 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

And the England boss reckons Ferguson’s managerial achievements will remain peerless, while Hodgson also praised the Scot’s “human qualities” which he feels don’t get enough recognition.

“It’s impossible to add anything to all the tributes that have been paid,” Hodgson told talkSPORT.

“I’ve been in contact with him. Personally, I’m a little bit sad that he’s not continuing on although I more than respect his decision to retire and I hope he enjoys that.

“I suppose the only thing I can add to all that has been said is his human qualities.

“His footballing qualities and everything he has achieved are never going to be equalled. His epithet, ‘the greatest’, is more than deserved.

“We could speak for hours and hours about all the things he has won and all the qualities he has in order to become such a winner.

“But for me, it’s also his human qualities. You don’t become that successful and have such great relationships and build great teams if you’re just disciplinarian or a hard worker.

“You’ve also got to have a lot of human qualities so people can relate to you and warm to you.

“I think Sir Alex has got all of those qualities in abundance. Maybe sometimes they get passed over in terms of his professional qualities.”

Hodgson also praised Ferguson’s work with the League Managers Association and his willingness to make himself available for young coaches who need advice at the start of their fledgling careers.

“Alex has given a large amount of time to young managers in terms of advice and support, and not least of all, supporting the LMA so they can back these guys when they are unfairly treated,” added Hodgson.

“You don’t expect that from someone at the very top of his profession. I admire him very much in that respect.

Hodgson also believes Ferguson will be a valuable commodity for his successor at Old Trafford, with Everton manager David Moyes expected to be appointed as the next United boss.

“I’m sure in terms of being available for the new man, he’ll be a godsend. What he doesn’t know about football and Manchester United, well there’s nothing to say on the subject.”

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