Decision to announce retirement prior to 2001-02 season was 'an absolute disaster' - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

United manager credits wife for changing his mind...
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has described his decision to pre-announce his retirement prior to the 2001-02 season as "an absolute disaster."

The United manager announced his intention to end his managerial career at the beginning of that season in the hope that it would finish with his side lifting the Champions League trophy at Hampden Park.

He then changed his mind the following February, however, with United looking unlikely to achieve European success.

The Scot has since said that he will not make the same mistake again when the time does come to call an end to his illustrious career in football.

"There obviously will be a point when I do quit and when it is I absolutely have no idea because I tried that, and it was an absolute disaster," Ferguson told CNN International.

"[I was in] Agony, absolute agony [at the thought of retiring]. My wife made me change my mind and she was dead right.

"I think she thought she would soon be fed up with me around the house."

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