Why it's the perfect time for Fergie to leave Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson has retired from Manchester United - The club have confirmed.

A new manager for United would be without doubt, the biggest decision the club has made in its recent history but two of the top candidates to do the job should be available this summer; Jose Mourinho and David Moyes.

Both of those bosses are very different but the point is they could both be looking for new jobs this summer, which gives United a much better chance of securing either.

Jurgen Klopp’s dramatic rise to fame and fortune also means that he could be available and Ferguson’s departure would provide the club with an opportunity to talk to the German before he ends up at one of their main rivals.

It’s all to do with availability and there are two managers, possibly a third, who could be very good coaches for United and available to the club before they are tied down on new long term deals by their current sides or with one of United’s rivals.

Each manager has his own set of unique advantages but the fact Mourinho and Moyes could both be looking for new contracts this summer is very significant as they have both been tipped to follow Ferguson for a very long time.

The state of the team is also very significant here because Ferguson will be leaving behind the hard work done with each transition of a team.

One of the reasons he has always been so successful is his ability to create a core of young players at a club, which form the basis of each United side as one generation moves on from the next.

He’s saved his successor a lot of trouble in the respect that the core of the next great United side is already in tact; David De Gea, Rafael, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck among many others.

All any new boss has to do is make tweaks, which is exactly what Ferguson was planning to do this summer in the first place.

Mentally it’s also a very good time for Ferguson to walk away from the club, having just taken the Premier League title back from Manchester City.

He may have wanted to prove to himself and the United fans, that he still had it in him to hold off a challenge from one of United’s main rivals in the same way he’s seen off recent challenges from Chelsea and Arsenal.

It would be very difficult for Ferguson to walk away from the club had he not been sure that United were going to be competitive, in terms of dominating English football long after he’d gone.

Ferguson is having a hip operation in the summer, which means this could all be a health related decision to give him the best possible chance to rest and enjoy his later years in life.

He recently said in a match programme that he wasn’t thinking of leaving the club but time and chance in football can often change pre-set decisions and you can bet your mortgage that he won’t want to leave United in a worse position, two or three years down the line.

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