What Did Sir Alex Ferguson Mean When He Said He’d Retire?

What a legend! When Sir Alex said he was going to retire, his comments were:

“Basically, things changed when Cathy’s sister died. She is isolated a lot now and I think a lot of the time, for 47 years, she has been the leader of the family, looked after our three sons and sacrificed herself for me.

Now she has the grandchildren, and they all dote on her, but now she has lost her best friend – her sister – so that was important.

I think it is also important to go out as a winner. That is really important at this club. It is all I ever wanted to do here – be a winner.

It was very difficult to keep it a secret There were some times when we almost blurted it out to the family.”

So, what do his words tell us?

DeepWord analyzed his comments and these are its riveting responses.

He is, as always, focused on “analyzing and appraising.” Sir Alex is an intellect constantly at work. And, he is pretty sure of himself. That’s clear with DeepWord’s insight into his Silent Stance: “mostly closed.” That suggests, he has thought the issue through and this is where he stands.

But, it is fascinating to see the mood that DeepWord identified. It saw Sir Alex as feeling “distant, serious and realistic.” Now, upon retiring after 26 years, Sir Alex is still completely on his game. His insight and emotions are absolutely rational and his feet are totally on the ground. (How could you NOT be like that after managing Manchester United through 1499 games?)

And, deeper down? What are his motivating feelings?

These, according to DeepWord, simply reinforce the incredibly controlled and focused emotions that were recorded earlier.

DeepWord saw Sir Alex’s motivations as being “attentive, vigilant and deliberate.”

Hard nosed and hard wired. He is a deliberate guardian of Manchester United. Any sports franchise would want this guy to guide them. Most would pay anything he asked. What a record! What an achievement! What a man!

Want to know more about what people really mean?

Try DeepWord. You’ll get an insight that will surprise.


Co-creator of DeepWord. Creator of Infra Language.

Posted in Career, Commitment, Emotions, Sport, Strength, Success

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