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Sir Alex set to move upstairs
Sir Alex Ferguson has said he is keen on becoming a director at Old Trafford when he finally decides to quit management. The 71-year-old Manchester United boss said that he is determined to stay at the club after initially intimating that he would step away. “There’s no getting rid of me. I’ll probably become a director,” said Ferguson, speaking the new magazine twentyfour7 Football. “Nobody knows (my retirement date), neither do I. It won’t be a doctor that tells me to quit!” As for his successor, he added: “They’ll ask me but I think it’ll be a club decision, not mine. With the structure we have here, it can't be an impossible job.” Former United defender Viv Anderson has rejected the idea that Ferguson might be tempted to step down this summer, even if they win the Champions League and Premier League. Anderson, who played under Ferguson from 1987-91, said: ‘There is no chance that Sir Alex will retire this summer. He loves the club. He lives and breathes it.”
In the Guardian, David Beckham has warned that Cristiano Ronaldo's first return to Old Trafford in opposition next week will "inspire" the Portuguese as he seeks to ensure Real Madrid's progress into the Champions League quarter-finals at United’s expense. “United has a special place in his heart, David is quoted. “The fans love him and it will be a great occasion. You enjoy going back [to your former club] and I am sure it will inspire him.”
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail features an interview with Dennis Schofield, the coach who discovered the Welshman, while Martin Keown recalls his first memories of facing the Reds legend as he prepares for his 1000th match in professional football.