Bernstein, Platini, Scudamore all praise Ferguson
By Football News
FA chairman David Bernstein, UEFA president Michel Platini and Premier League head Richard Scudamore have all paid tribute to Alex Ferguson.
The trio joined the chorus of voices that sang the praises of Ferguson on Wednesday, after he announced that he would walk away from his role as manager at Manchester United when the season ends.
Ferguson has been in charge at Old Trafford since November 1986, leading the club in a dominant period of success in which they won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League triumphs. Included in those 13 titles is this season's success, as they usurped rivals Manchester City – who edged them on the final day of last term in thrilling circumstances – in one of Ferguson's most satisfying league wins.
"Football history has been made today," Bernstein said in an FA announcement on Wednesday.
"I have enormous respect for Sir Alex, a man with a unique record over such a long period. It is really fantastic what he has done.
"I'm quite surprised in a way, I thought it was something that would never finish, never end.
"Great credit to Sir Alex for all that he has done, it is an amazing record. You have to be in awe of someone for producing 25 years, a quarter of century, of such fantastic results.
"(Winning the league)…it is the appropriate way for a man like that to go out on a high, as a winner. Because if anyone is a winner, it is Sir Alex Ferguson."
Platini described the outgoing manager as a "true visionary" with an excellent record.
"Sir Alex has made a massive contribution to football, not only in Scotland and in England, but across Europe and beyond," Platini told UEFA's official website.
"He is a true visionary… his dedication, his attention to detail and his unique eye for talent, as both the manager of Manchester United and Aberdeen, has brought rich rewards over a 30-year period.
"His CV is almost unique in a results-based profession that normally focuses on short-term solutions rather than long-term vision."
And the compliments did not stop there, with Premier League chief executive Scudamore saying that Ferguson's contribution had changed English football forever.
"The Premier League has had the privilege to witness many great players, managers and teams," Scudamore said.
"No one has made as great a contribution to the Premier League than Sir Alex Ferguson."
"His drive, ambition, skill, passion and vision have not only shaped Manchester United, but in many ways the game of football as we now know it.
"Sir Alex and his teams during the Premier League era have set the pace others have had to follow; 13 titles out of 21 seasons is a phenomenal achievement."