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DENVER---George Karl is the NBA's
Coach of the Year after leading the
Denver Nuggets to a team-record 57
Karl received 62 first-place votes
from a panel of sports writers and
Golden State eliminated the Nuggets
92--88 in Game 6 of the first-round
playoff series last week.
It's the first time Karl has won the
award in 25 seasons. He joins Doug
Moe as the only Denver coaches to
earn the honour.
Karl says he's "honoured and
energised" to receive the award.
The Nuggets won 15 straight games
at one point this going, going 24--4 after
the All-Star break. They also won a
franchise-best 38 home matches. (AP)
Denver's Karl earns NBA Coach of the Year honours
MANCHESTER---During more than a quarter
of a century in charge of Manchester United,
Alex Ferguson has always found the way to
win---and win again.
Scrappy, abrasive and always up for a fight,
Ferguson turned the club into a global power
and established himself as the most successful
manager in British football history.
And now, the 71-year-old Scotsman is going
out on a high. On his own terms.
With his 13th Premier League title and 38th
major trophy at United already secured, Fer-
guson announced yesterday that he is retiring
at the end of the season.
"The decision to retire is one that I have
thought a great deal about and one that I have
not taken lightly," the Scotsman said. "It is
the right time."
Since taking charge at Old Trafford in 1986,
Ferguson s trophy collection also includes two
Champions League titles, five FA Cups, four
League Cups and the 2008 Fifa World Club
"His drive, ambition, skill, passion and
vision have not only shaped Manchester Unit-
ed, but in many ways the game of football as
we now know it," Premier League chief exec-
utive Richard Scudamore said.
Manchester United, which is owned by the
American Glazer family and listed on the New
York Stock Exchange, did not immediately
announce a successor, but will need to act
swiftly to stave off any market uncertainty.
Everton manager David Moyes, a fellow Scot
from Glasgow, is the front-runner for the job.
During 11 years at Everton, Moyes has overseen
impressive results on a limited budget and
enjoyed a long-standing friendship with Fer-
"He is a first-class manager," Ferguson, who
is being consulted on his successor, said of
Moyes last year.
United is valued at around $3.2 billion and
is one of the world s most high-profile sports
Manchester United shares dropped more
than five per cent in early New York trading,
but the losses were clawed back quickly. By
late morning, the shares were trading at $18.42,
down 1.3 per cent.
Few managers at United---or anywhere in
global football---will come close to matching
Ferguson s achievements.
"It was important to me to leave an organ-
isation in the strongest possible shape and I
believe I have done so," he said. "The quality
of this league winning squad, and the balance
of ages within it, bodes well for continued
success at the highest level."
Ferguson reversed a previous plan to retire
at the end of the 2001-02 season, but this
decision seems final after taking the club s
English championship haul to 20.
United s last home game---a chance for fans
to pay an emotional farewell to Ferguson---is
against Swansea on Sunday. United then travels
to West Bromwich Albion on May 19 in the
final match for the man who has defined the
club for nearly three decades.
Ferguson will remain as a club director and
"His contributions to Manchester United
over the last 26 years have been extraordinary
and, like all United fans, I want him to be a
part of its future," joint chairman Avie Glazer
Ferguson s style was marked by a com-
bustible temper. He often took out his ire on
players, rival coaches, referees and the media.
He has banned many reporters from the club
over the years when he disputed their articles
or line of questioning.
United s highly-paid stars have long feared
a raging Ferguson and his "hairdryer" treat-
ment---a stream of in-your-face invective said
to make one s hair stand on end.
David Beckham was cut above the eye when
Ferguson, furious at his team s poor perform-
ance against Arsenal in 2003, kicked a boot
in the changing room and it hit the midfielder
in the face. Fed up with Beckham s celebrity
lifestyle, Ferguson sold him to Real Madrid,
but there was no lingering bitterness from the
former England captain.
"The boss wasn t just the greatest and best
manager I ever played under he was also a
father figure to me from the moment I arrived
at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left,"
Beckham, who now plays for Paris Saint-Ger-
main, wrote on Facebook.
"Without him I would never have achieved
what I have done in my career. He understood
how important it was to play for your country
and he knew how much it meant to me."
Ferguson s legacy will also include phrases
which have entered the football lexicon.
"Squeaky bum time" is how he referred to
the tense finale to a season. "Fergie Time"
was coined to describe the additional minutes
given by a referee in stoppage time when
United so often scored under Ferguson.
Talk of Ferguson leaving first surfaced fol-
lowing the club s golf day on Tuesday. When
the official announcement came it prompted
an outpouring of tributes from inside and out-
side the game.
Fifa President Sepp Blatter said on Twitter
that Ferguson s "achievements in the game
place him without doubt as one of the greats ."
UEFA President Michel Platini hailed Fer-
guson as a "true visionary."
The announcement even grabbed the British
media spotlight from the buildup to the State
Opening of Parliament, where Queen Elizabeth
II, who knighted Ferguson in 1999, was setting
out the government s planned legislation.
Prime Minister David Cameron, a member
of the Conservative Party, hailing Ferguson as
"a remarkable man in British football who has
had an extraordinary, successful career."
Ferguson has defined the modern era of
success at United, resuscitating the fortunes
of a club that was floundering when he arrived.
He came to the club after having won a Euro-
pean title at modest Aberdeen in Scotland.
While it took time for Ferguson to impose
his leadership at Old Trafford, directors showed
a degree of patience rarely afforded to current
"In my early years, the backing of the board,
and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me
the confidence and time to build a football
club, rather than just a football team," Ferguson
With his unwavering approach, Ferguson
eventually produced his first trophy in 1990---
the FA Cup---and in 1993 the club won its
first topflight title since 1967.
Since then, he has ended Liverpool s dom-
inance by overhauling its English title record
of 18, and preventing Chelsea, Arsenal and---
most recently---Manchester City from estab-
lishing themselves as forces.
Now United will have to plan for a future
without Ferguson in the dugout.
"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," United s chief
executive David Gill said. (AP)
Ferguson blows final whistle
on Manchester United career
Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates after his team's 2-0 win over Stoke
in their English Premier League football match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, on
April 14. Ferguson will retire at the end of the season. AP PHOTO
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