From the back pages, May 8 - Alex Ferguson special: David Moyes to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

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David Moyes will be named as the new manager of Manchester United in the next 24 hours. The Barclays Premier League champions have agreed to appoint the Everton manager as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement at Old Trafford. (The Times)

Sir Alex Ferguson has made the seismic decision to retire from Manchester United at the end of the season, bringing to a close nearly 27 years at Old Trafford and will become a director of the club. (The Independent)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire has been greeted with surprise and admiration from past and present players, managers and across the world of sport. Richard Scudamore Premier League chief executive: “The world has gone crazy. We have never known life without Sir Alex Ferguson.” Paul Ince Former Manchester United midfielder and now manager of Blackpool: He’s done the lot, you will never see anyone of his kind again. I remember the first day that I joined Man United. I failed my medical and I thought my move to Man United was going to collapse. The way he treated me was like a son and I will never forget that moment.” (The Guardian)

ALEX FERGUSON will retire at the end of the season after an incredible 26 years in charge of Manchester United. The 71-year-old has won an amazing 49 TROPHIES during his managerial career, including a record 13 Premier League titles with United. (The Sun)

Why Fergie quit: Failing health has forced his hand but will Moyes, Klopp or Mourinho get the job? With the hip op, the imminent departure of David Gill and Ferguson’s brother Martin, all the elements were there for the perfect exit strategy for the Old Trafford boss. (The Mirror)

REVEALED: How Fergie choked up in the canteen as he told his stunned stars (and the tea ladies) that his 27-year United reign was over... so, are RVP, Rooney and Rio hiding their tears at the races? (Daily Mail)