'Football will be a lot poorer'

Reaction to the announcement on 8 May 2013 by Premier League champions Manchester United that manager Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season. In Pictures: Celebrating Alex Ferguson's glittering career.

Manchester United v Blackpool - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United presents Edwin van der Sar with an award to mark his retirement ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackpool at Old Trafford on May 22, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

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Sir Alex Ferguson (L),Sir Bobby Charlton (R) during the Edwin van der Sar Testimonial match at the Amsterdam Arena on August 3, 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Manchester United's Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson (L) shakes hands with Chief Executive David Gill (R) as he celebrates 25 years in charge before the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on November 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Peter Schmeichel

16 May 1999: Peter Schmeichel of Manchester United is presented with an honour of service award by his manager Alex Ferguson before the FA Carling Premiership match against Tottenham Hotspur played at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The match finished in a 2-1 win for Manchester United and they clinched their 5th Premiership title in seven years. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

Bryan Robson

20 May 1990: Bryan Robson of Manchester United and Manager Alex Ferguson celebrate after their victory in the FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Manchester United won the match 1-0 after extra time. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

SJA Media Lunch - Alec Stewart

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Alec Stewart, guest speaker, responds to questions during the SJA Media Lunch sponsored by Ladbrokes at Ye Olde Cock Tavern on May 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Manchester United v Olympique Lyonnais

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Ruud van Nistelrooy of Manchester United share a joke prior to kick off, of the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais at Old Trafford on November 23, 2004 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)

India v South Africa - ICC World Twenty20 2012: Super Eights Group 2

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - OCTOBER 02: Rohit Sharma of India bats during the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Super Eights Group 2 match between South Africa and India at R. Premadasa Stadium on October 2, 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Pal Pillai/Getty Images,)

Kettering Town v Droylsden

KETTERING, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 27: New Director of Football at Kettering, Ron Atkinson looks on during the Nationwide Conference North match between Kettering Town and Droylsden at Rockingham Road on January 27, 2007 in Kettering, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Manchester United Training & Press Conference - UEFA Champions League Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Sir Alex Ferguson manager of Manchester United (L) speaks with Avram Glazer (C), Bryan Glazer (2L) and Joel Glazer (R) during a Manchester United training session prior to the UEFA Champions League final versus Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (L) talks with player Michael Owen as they prepare for a team training session at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2011, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester United and FC Barcelona. The two teams will meet in the Final at Wembley on May 28. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

HMV Football Extravaganza Honour Denis Law - Arrivals

LONDON - APRIL 15: Manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson presents former footballer Denis Law with his Lifetime Achievement Award during the HMV Football Extravaganza to Honour Denis Law at the Hilton Park Lane on April 15, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

South Africa Portrait Session - ICC T20 World Cup

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - SEPTEMBER 16: South African Wayne Parnell poses at a portrait session ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup on September 16, 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Graham Crouch-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Manchester United Training Session

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 7: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis Saha of Manchester United in action during a First Team training session at Carrington Training Ground on March 7 2008, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Premier League Broadcasting Rights Press Conference

LONDON - FEBRUARY 06: Richard Scudamore the Chief Executive of the Premier League talks to the press at a press conference to talk about Premier League broadcasting rights at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on February 6, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Molde FK v Aalesunds FK - Norwegian Tippeligaen

MOLDE, NORWAY - MAY 6: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Molde FK looks on during the Norwegian Tippeligaen match between Molde FK and Aalesunds FK held on May 6, 2012 at the Aker Stadion in Molde, Norway. (Photo by Daniel Sannum Lauten/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Shaun Wright-Phillips of Queens Park Rangers in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park on January 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

FC Bayern Muenchen v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 23: Sergio Busquets of Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Barcelona at Allianz Arena on April 23, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Athletic Club de Bilbao v FC Barcelona - La Liga

BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Dani Alves of FC Barcelona controls the ball during the La Liga match between Athletic Club de Bilbaoand FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on April 27, 2013 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Mutua Madrid Open - Day Five

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain arrives on court before his match with Benoit Paire of France during day five of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 8, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Manchester Uninted British coach Sir Alex Ferguson receives the FIFA Presidential Award from FIFA president Sepp Blatter (R) during the FIFA ballon d'or ceremony on January 9, 2012 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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UEFA president Michel Platini (R) talks with Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson as they pose for a group picture, at the 13th Elite Club Coaches Forum, in Nyon, on August 31, 2011. Europe's leading club coaches are invited at the event to discuss the latest trends in club football and express their views on major issues affecting top club football. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Middlesex CCC Photocall

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Mark Ramprakash of Middlesex poses in front of the members pavilion prior to starting his first season as batting coach for Middlesex during the Middlesex CCC photocall at Lords on April 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2011

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: Nemanja Vidic (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) of Manchester United pose with their awards after being named in the FIFPro World XI and Sir Alex Ferguson (2nd L) poses with his FIFA Presidential Award for services to football and PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor after the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2011 at Kongresshaus on January 9, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

O presidente da Federação Inglesa de Futebol, David Bernstein

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United - Premier League

BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 04: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson shares a joke with Blackburn Rovers Manager Paul Ince (R) prior to the start of the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood Park on October 4, 2008 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Dwight Yorke, Alex Ferguson

20 Aug 1998: Dwight Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago receives his shirt from manager Alex Ferguson after completing his 12 million pound transfer to Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

Clayton Blackmore of Manchester United

1990: Portrait of Clayton Blackmore of Manchester United. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport

Sir Alex Ferguson Statue Unveiling

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Former players Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin and Andrew Cole talk with Sir Alex Ferguson after the unveiling of a statue of Manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United at Old Trafford on November 23, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

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West Ham United Joint Chairman David Gold listens to a question during a press conference in east London to announce the new deal between Newham council and West Ham United football club on March 22, 2013. The stadium built for the London 2012 Olympic summer games has had its future secured in a deal where the English Premier League team West Ham United will have a 99 year lease to use the stadium starting in 2016. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) and his son Arthur (C) react along with Indian Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal (R) as Aston Villa score during a Premiership football match between QPR and Aston Villa at home to Queens Park Rangers at the Loftus rd Stadium, London on September 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Patrick Vieira of Arsenal

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 11: Patrick Vieira of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on September 11, 2004 in London. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Manchester United's Scottish manager Sir

Manchester United's Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson (L) and Sunderland's English manager Steve Bruce look on during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, north-east England, on October 2, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Wells Fargo Championship - Round Three

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 04: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 4, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)