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Quotes of the week: #thankyousiralex

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"Sir Alex Ferguson retires. #thankyousiralex" - Manchester United break the news on Twitter that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring after 26 and a half years as the club's manager.

"The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about. It is the right time. I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential. My wife, Cathy, has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me. As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich. " - Ferguson expands upon his decision to step down.

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"We unanimously agreed on David Moyes. David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I've admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club." Ferguson explains why Moyes was the obvious choice for him and the rest of the United board.

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"It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the football club. I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I'm really looking forward to taking up the post next season." - Moyes wastes little in time in speaking about his decision to leave Everton to sign a six-year deal to become United's new manager.

"He'll be a great loss to the Premier League and football, a fantastic manager. But not only was he a great manager, he's a top bloke as well. He always had time for young managers, always answered the phone if a manager called him, or called them back, no matter what level they were at. He was always there for anybody... It's a great job for David, I couldn't be more pleased for him. He's a fantastic boy and a top manager. And it's good for the game in this country that they've taken on a British coach." - Harry Redknapp gives his verdict, in his inimitable style, on Ferguson and on Moyes.

"I say Jose Mourinho is the greatest. I think him and Fergie for longevity [are the best managers]. What he has done for so many years, I love him. Man United are a competitive club against us but when I look at Alex Ferguson as an individual and what he has done he's an absolute god of football." - Frank Lampard believes Chelsea will be getting a better man than Fergie or Moyes if Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge.

"I'm just laughing. I think people must sit up at night and think now, 'What can I do to make a sensational story?' I was at Manchester United last night for three hours, maybe longer than that, four hours... not a murmur about it. I think it's a load of rubbish. I think I'd be closer to the situation at Manchester United than most of those press guys would be - and I don't believe a word of it." - Former United player Paddy Crerand rubbishes the early reports of Ferguson leaving, just minutes before United officially announce the news.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from the game. Football has been the other great love of my life, so it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from the game. The emotions are overwhelming really, but the continued support of family, friends and the great people I have come to know will make it easier for me to move on from the only life I've ever known." - Stiliyan Petrov announces his retirement from the game as he continues his battle against leukaemia.

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"I can't say that I will be back next year because I enjoyed my year out. Now I've got to enjoy one of the most amazing things I've ever done, retaining the World Championship. I'm well equipped to win more titles but it's not easy. Everyone knows with me, I am up and down like a whore's drawers!" - Ronnie O'Sullivan basks in the glory of winning the World Snooker Championship for a fifth time despite taking a year out of the game.

"The PGA Tour has now finally admitted that the use of deer antler spray is not prohibited. Rather than performing its duties to golfers first, and then determining whether there had been any violation of the Anti-Doping Program, the PGA Tour rushed to judgment and accused one of the world's hardest working and most dedicated golfers of violating the rules of the game." - Vijay Singh signals his intenation to sue the PGA Tour for banning him from tournament golf over his use of deer antler spray.

“It is pretty demanding out there. It is physically demanding, mentally demanding and you have got to let the lads off the leash every now and again. We have to be ­realistic. In the modern world, with social ­media, mobile phones and cameras, you can get a bit of damage, so there is a balance to it. We are not going to be a set of goody two-shoes – we will let the lads have a bit of fun, but it will be sensible fun." - British and Irish Lions tour manager Andy Irvine explains why the players will be allowed to hit the booze from time to time during their summer tour of Australia.

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