Sir Alex Ferguson has made a £2 million investment in France which gives a huge hint of when he’s thinking of retiring.
Sir Alex Ferguson has prepared a £2 million investment to buy a vineyard in the south of France, which leads to the question of just exactly how long does it take a vineyard to mature?
Work that out and you have the timeframe for when Ferguson is thinking of stepping out of the game, opening up quite possibly the biggest managerial job in the history of football at Old Trafford.
Fergie recently guided United to their 20th championship and 13th since the start of the Premier League, adding to his collection of titles which is probably never going to be beaten by another manager at a single club.
The problem for Ferguson’s family is that he said it felt like the latest title win took ten years off of him, which tells us all that he’s not thinking about getting out of football just yet.
Realistic estimates for the growing of vineyards suggest they can take between two and three years to develop, which is a realistic timeframe for him to remain the manager of United before enjoying a few years completely away from the pressure of the top flight game.
We all know he’s been a great lover of the wine during his career and shame on you if you’re a visiting manager to Old Trafford and you turn up with a £5 bottle of whatever you picked up from a petrol station on your way over.
He even once used a comparison of a fine wine to describe the way he felt about Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players that Ferguson has ever had the benefit of coaching and using in his United team.
When Fergie does officially call it a day, I don’t think many of us can argue against him going off to France and spending a huge amount of time investing some of his £30 plus million fortune doing something, which is a complete contrast to the pressure of football.
He’s also apparently planning to buy some sort of old castle nearby which he can use as a French retreat when he puts his feet up and enjoys a glass of something on those baking hot summer days.
It’s all very interesting because the manager who has been tipped to replace him at Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola, has signed a contract with Bayern Munich which expires at around the sort of time those grapes will start to be ready for harvesting and production.
I seriously wouldn’t put it past Fergie to have this all as some sort of pre-conceived plan to usher in Pep as he steps out.
What do you make of his latest investment?
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