Sir Alex Ferguson finding retirement ‘more exhausting’ than managing Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is finding retirement “more exhausting” than life in charge of Manchester United.

The Scot decided to step down in 2013 after a long and successful career at the helm at Old Trafford.

Since retiring, Ferguson has been busy with charity work, ambassadorial roles and other projects. He was in Glasgow earlier this week making a £5,000 donation to a fund set up to build a statue of Govan heroine Mary Barbour, who successfully led rent strikes during the First World War.

Ferguson revealed he is struggling to adjust to his new routine but that is enjoying keeping himself active.

Speaking about life after United, Ferguson said: ”I’m making sure that I’m active, that’s important when you retire and I’ve got many things on my plate.

“It’s funny because it’s a different type of work, where as at United I would be in every morning at quarter to seven and be there to tea time, it’s the one constant thing in your life.

“Now, it’s different things so that’s probably more exhausting.

“I don’t get up at six in the morning any more that’s for sure, I have a long lie now and again.”

The 73-year-old’s work ethic was one of the main reasons why he was so successful at United so it is no surprise to see him doing the same in retirement.

United will need to use Ferguson’s expertise heading into the future as a board member and an ambassador of the club. Meanwhile, fans and pundits are agreed that Louis van Gaal is taking the team in the right direction following the disastrous reign of David Moyes.

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