Manchester United coach René Meulensteen was interviewed this morning as he left Carrington Training Complex to join up with the players as they enjoy a day at Chester races.
During the interview Meulensteen admitted that the players and staff only found out this morning (Wednesday) that Sir Alex Ferguson had indeed decided to call it a day as manager of Manchester United.
Speaking with Sky Sports News, Rene said:
“Just this morning [when they found out], just this morning when I came to the club, he called us into his office, and he said what decision he took.
Well it’s always been on the cards, and speculation every season now and I think the manager kept his cards close to his chest and I think he’s felt the time is right now and he’s made that decision.
Well he’s obviously a man who thinks things through very, very well, so I’m sure he’s taken a lot of thought into making this decision and I wish him all the well, he’s been absolutely fantastic for this club, for Manchester United and I hope to making sure that all the fans give whoever is going to come in the same support that he gets.
“Well I think we’ve responded really well to the big disappointment we had last year, I think there was a determination around the whole place, especially around the manager and I think he’s been delighted that we won the title the way that we did.
“I think his [Ferguson’s] mood today is a combination of relief in some ways, you know.”
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