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Sir Alex: I’ll keep working
Sir Alex Ferguson says the fear of retirement keeps him in the job as Manchester United manager. Ferguson, approaching his 69th birthday on New Year’s Eve, passed Sir Matt Busby to become United’s longest serving manager on Sunday and has clocked up 36 years in all as a boss since his first job at East Stirling in 1974. But he has banished all talk of calling it a day, fearing that retirement could actually have a detrimental effect on his health. He said: “The older you get the more worried you get about retiring. You start to realise that while you have got your health and good fitness, you should carry on in your job. So all talk of retirement is in the back of my mind.”
The Independent reports new Wales boss Gary Speed has held talks with Ryan Giggs over a possible role in his new coaching set-up. Speed, who was appointed successor to John Toshack, is quoted: “It would be great to get him (Giggs) involved in some respect. I spoke to him and we'll have to wait and see.”
David Beckham has opened the door to a sensational return to Old Trafford. The Reds legend is quoted in the Daily Mirror: “The Premier League is a great league and maybe one day I’ll come back and play here. But it’ll only be for Manchester United.”
The Sun claims the Premier League is considering Tuesday 17 May as the new date for United's postponed trip to Stamford Bridge. That would mean two meetings between the title rivals in 10 days as Chelsea are currently scheduled to visit OT on Saturday 7 May.