Karl Robinson has described Sir Alex Ferguson as ‘inspirational’ in the wake of the news that the country’s longest-serving manager is set to retire.
The football world was left stunned on Wednesday morning when the news filtered out that Sir Alex was set to bring an end to his 27-year reign over Manchester United.
The Scotsman has won an incredible 38 trophies during his time at Old Trafford including 13 league titles, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups. He took over at Manchester United when MK Dons boss Robinson was just six-years old and, even as a huge Liverpool fan, he admits to being in awe of the 71-year-old.
Speaking to mkdons.com Robinson said: “Since I’ve known football Sir Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United, so it will be strange watching them without him on the touchline.
“In my view, he is the greatest manager ever and I think the number of trophies he has proves that. He picked up a Manchester United team who were in the shadows and he has created one of the greatest teams in Europe.
“Any manager would want to emulate what he has achieved, but I think if I can emulate just 20 percent of what he has done I would be incredibly proud of what I have achieved. No one will ever do
what he has done.
“He is an inspiration to people in normal society – he has achieved his goals, but that has made him hungrier for more success. He is the greatest and he strives to continue to be the greatest year in, year out.
“I have called him on three occasions to ask for his advice about important moments in my life and I followed his advice, and all three worked. He’s a credit to the game, he doesn’t let what he’s achieved get in the way of helping out someone who is in the lower Leagues of English football and spending time giving them advice.
“I don’t know what it will be like at Old Trafford on Sunday when they take to the pitch against Swansea but I know I will be watching. I’ve grown up as a Liverpool fan and he’s always been the bane of Liverpool Football Club, but there are not many people in Liverpool that don’t respect him and what he has achieved.”