West Ham United boss Allardyce hails ‘unbelievable’ Ferguson

Sam Allardyce joins in with the tributes to Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager announced his retirement

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Sam Allardyce says Sir Alex Ferguson is the best club manager ever Photo: Back Page Images

Sam Allardyce has joined in with the tributes to Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season.

Ferguson confirmed on Wednesday that he will be stepping down at the end of the current campaign after guiding the Red Devils to 38 trophies during his 26-year reign at Old Trafford.

And West Ham United boss Allardyce admitted he was just as surprised as most of the footballing world when he learnt of the 71-year-old’s decision.

“I spoke to Sir Alex recently and I had no inkling that he was considering retiring from his position at Manchester United,” Allardyce told West Ham’s website. “So, like for everyone else, it has come as a bit of a shock.

“I think it’s clear he was going to announce this at the end of the season, but whispers have got out somewhere, so he probably had to make it official right now.

“For himself, his wife Kathy and the rest of his family, I hope they can enjoy his retirement, the time they will have together and see things they have always wanted to see.

“Sir Alex has had an unbelievable career, not just at Manchester United, but when he first started [at Aberdeen in Scotland]. For me, he is the greatest club manager that has ever been produced, certainly in this country, if not Europe.”

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