News today of Alex Ferguson’s retirement has been quickly spreading around the sporting world. Many fans have been paying their respects to the game’s most successful manager, but speculation has began as to who would replace the Old Trafford legend.
We can confirm though, that none other than referee Howard Webb will be the man taking up the reins at the prestigious Manchester Club.
In a statement released by Manchester United’s press office, they said
We’re delighted to announce that Howard Webb will be the man taking charge of the club. After Sir Alex, Mr. Webb has been the most influential person at Old Trafford, helping to secure matches, points and much needed titles. We’re really excited about starting – or more accurately, continuing this relationship we have and building on it for the future.
Howard Webb has been one of the key members of Manchester United’s staff over the years. He has influenced many games through awarding penalties, sendings off and added time, all of which have been a huge factor in helping Manchester United secure numerous trophies.
Webb is expected to be revealed as the replacement for Ferguson in the next day or two, but will also continue in his role as a Premier League referee.
There is currently no rule with the English FA that a manager cannot be a referee and it is in fact encouraged that most managers take referee course to ensure they are familiar with all the rules of the game.
Webb will both manage and referee games during the year, meaning that he will be able to influence other important games as well as work with United on their own match days.
An era with the great Alex Ferguson may be over, but more success for the club is surely on the cards with Webb taking an even greater role in the running of the club.
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