Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has detailed how he found out about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and the effect it had on him.
The legendary manager retired from football at the end of the 2012/13 season, and went out on a high with another Premier League title triumph.
Ferguson had previously stated his desire to retire back in 2002, though he later changed his mind, but Giggs insists he was still shocked when he finally did call it a day at Old Trafford.
‘I remember clearly where I was when I heard Sir Alex was stepping down as managerm’ Giggs wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph. He called me to tell me the evening before the club made the announcement.
‘Although we talked a lot at Carrington it would be rare for his name to flash up on my phone out of hours and my first instinct in seeing it do so that evening was, “Oh God, what have I done wrong?” Even at the age of 39.
‘He rang me to say that he was leaving. I suppose it could have happened any summer since his first retirement announcement in 2001 that he would quit in the summer of 2002, later reversed. But somehow it still felt like a shock.’
Giggs added that it was impossible not to feel saddened at losing a figure who’d been such a presence in his life for so long.
‘When I finished talking to him that evening my overriding emotion was a great sadness,’ he said.
‘He had been part of my life for so long. It hit me at different stages over the next few months. When we went back for pre-season and he was not there, and then at Christmas.
‘He was such a massive part of all our lives, organising, nurturing, driving us.’