Manchester United fans are divided about Sir Alex Ferguson’s appointment to an advisory role at the club, which was revealed on Friday evening.
Following the revelation, United fans rushed to Twitter to express their feelings, and there appears to be a distinct divide between supporters, with many stating it is a great step and others believing it is time for the club to move on from the Scot.
Richard Arnold appointed the great Scottish manager to a think-tank of previous club figures to advise on all elements of the club’s operations, offering support throughout Erik ten Hag’s redevelopment.
Many fans believe the club should move on from its storied history and focus on the future, with one fan commenting on Twitter: ‘Personally I think we should leave Fergie on retirement he’s done a lot for this club already need to move on from the past.’
‘Because this is *exactly* what you need to move on from the past and show faith in your new management,’ said another.
‘This is a risky technique,’ observed a third United supporter. Looking back in order to go forward… To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s for the best…’
And a fourth was added: ‘Fergie time is now Ten Hag’s time.’ ‘It’s time to move on from Sir Alex.’
‘If you have a functional brain, you know this isn’t good at all,’ said a fifth.
Ferguson stepped down as manager of the Red Devils at the end of the 2012-13 season and was replaced by compatriot David Moyes.
The 80-year-old was easily the most successful manager in the club’s illustrious history, capturing 38 championships in just over 26 years.
As a result, some fans were quick to support the decision, believing that his return can only mean a return to the upper levels of world football.
One supporter added, ‘If this had happened a decade ago, we would not be in this mess.’
Ferguson will be joined by former CEO David Gill, legendary United captain Bryan Robson, and current football director John Murtough, allowing Arnold to draw on their collective knowledge of the club.
It will give Ferguson more power at Old Trafford than he has had since leaving as manager nearly a decade ago.
He is expected to assist Arnold on a variety of problems, including the renovation of Old Trafford and Carrington, as well as the club’s connection with its fans.