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Football: Ferguson lifts lid on Beckham, Rooney, England

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson launched his new autobiography on Tuesday, lifting the lid on his relationships with stars such as David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney. Ferguson said Beckham became too obsessed with fame in the latter years of his Old Trafford career and reiterated his claim that Rooney asked to leave the club at the end of last season.

Football: Ferguson receives street name honour

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson spoke of his pride after unveiling a street named in his honour near the English champions' Old Trafford ground on Monday. What was Waters Reach will now be known as Sir Alex Ferguson Way. During the Scot's 26 years in charge, United won 13 Premier League titles, including last season's top-flight crown and two European Champions League trophies among a slew of silverware. Ferguson, the most successful manager in British football history, retired at the end of last season.

Football: Ferguson 'couldn't coach', claims Barton

Outspoken English footballer Joey Barton claimed former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson "couldn't coach" as he called for improvements in coaching standards in the English game. Barton was discussing how to increase the number of English players playing in the Premier League after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke set up a commission to look into the matter. Only around 30 percent of the players currently competing in the English top flight are eligible for selection by the national team -- the worst ratio among Europe's five top leagues.

Football: Beckham 'lost focus' says Ferguson

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said Wednesday that his one-time star midfielder David Beckham had "lost focus" following his marriage to pop star Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls. Ferguson, who retired as United manager at the end of last season following a trophy-laden stint of nearly 27 years in charge at Old Trafford, oversaw the early year of football icon Beckham's career. But relations between the pair became increasingly icy with Beckham, who would become England's most-capped outfield player, leaving United in 2003 to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Football: You've topped Treble party, Ferguson tells Utd fans

Alex Ferguson thanked tens of thousands of Manchester United fans as they massed to salute him and his final title-winning side on an open-top bus parade through the city streets on Monday. United manager Ferguson, one of world football's most successful bosses, is retiring at the age of 71 after guiding the Red Devils to the English Premier League title for a 13th time. After arriving at Manchester Town Hall following the victory parade from United's Old Trafford ground, Ferguson was seen singing fans' favourite "Glory, Glory Man United" from the balcony.

Football: Ferguson set for emotional Old Trafford farewell

The eyes of the football world will be on Old Trafford on Sunday when Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson oversees his final home game before retirement after 26 years in charge of the English champions. Further proof that an extraordinary era was coming to an end arrived late Saturday when long-serving United midfielder Paul Scholes, a one-club man who came up through an Old Trafford youth system revitalised under Ferguson's guidance, announced he too was retiring.

Football: British press hail 'greatest manager' Ferguson

British newspapers hailed Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as arguably the greatest football coach in the history of the game on Thursday, after he dramatically announced he was retiring after nearly 27 years in charge. Ferguson was an exceptional personality who "could have been a great leader in any field he chose. Manchester United were lucky he chose football", the Daily Telegraph said. Even the Financial Times led its front page with the Ferguson story, saying he had given a "26-year masterclass in dealing with clashing personalities".

Football: Neville backs Moyes to fill Ferguson's shoes

Gary Neville said he would "welcome" the appointment of David Moyes as Manchester United's new manager following the retirement of Alex Ferguson. Everton manager Moyes emerged as the early front-runner to replace Ferguson after his fellow Scot announced on Wednesday he was retiring as manager of the Premier League champions. "I would welcome the appointment of David Moyes," former United defender turned television pundit Neville told Sky Sports. "Somebody who is there for the long term. This is not a club that will go for quick fixes.

Football: Ferguson, Scholes set for Old Trafford swansong

Alex Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford for the final time as Manchester United manager on Sunday, as he prepared to say an emotional farewell in his last home game. Having announced his retirement earlier this week, the 71-year-old will watch his side tackle Swansea City in the Premier League as he prepares to bow out after a record-breaking 26-and-a-half-year reign at United in which he has won a British-record 38 trophies.

Football: Carrick hails 'one-off' Ferguson

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick said Alex Ferguson was a "one-off" and "arguably the best manager of all time" as the veteran Scottish boss prepared Sunday to take charge of his final home match at Old Trafford before retirement. After more than 26 years, yielding 38 major trophies, at United the 71-year-old Ferguson stunned the sporting world by announcing Wednesday he would retire at the end of the season.
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