Manchester United chief exec David Gill hails ‘friend’ Sir Alex Ferguson as successor steps into winning mould

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester United chief executive David Gill believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor will step into a readymade model, geared to win trophies.

Ferguson steered United to a 20th league title this season, his 13th, having celebrated 49 pieces of silverware during his unparalleled 26-year reign.

And Gill, who also leaves Old Trafford this summer, believes Ferguson has set up a loyal squad ready to embrace a new manager, likely to be Everton’s David Moyes.

“Alex’s vision, energy and ability have built teams – both on and off the pitch – that his successor can count on as among the best and most loyal in world sport,” Gill told MUTV.

“The way he cares for this club, his staff and for the football family in general is something that I admire.

“It is a side to him that is often hidden from public view but it is something that I have been privileged to witness in the last 16 years.

“We knew that his retirement would come one day and we both have been planning for it by ensuring the quality of the squad and club structures are in first-class condition.”

Gill described his pride at working with the 71-year-old and is adamant his colleague and friend Ferguson will always be revered as a United legend.

“What he has done for this club and for the game in general will never be forgotten,” he added.

“It has been the greatest experience of my working life being alongside Alex and a great honour to be able to call him a friend.

“I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of working very closely with Alex for 16 unforgettable years, through the treble, the double, countless trophy wins and numerous signings.”

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