Funk: Fergie will be missed

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk feels that Sir Alex Ferguson is close to being irreplaceable at Manchester United.

The United manager is poised to step down at the end of another successful campaign, which has seen the Scot scoop his 38th trophy in 26 years.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson prior to kick-off during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 31, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson prior to kick-off during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 31, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

The Boro chief said: “I’m not surprised that Sir Alex is stepping down, if anyone deserves a break from the game it is him.

“What a servant he has been to football, this is a true gent that people can really look up to.

“His whole ethos is about doing things right, from his methods to his interviews, I just can’t take my eyes off of him.

“The biggest thing for me is the fact that he isn’t somebody who is scared to make changes. As a manager you need to know when, where and how. This is somebody that can do this perfectly.

“He is somebody that everybody can learn from, I have been doing exactly that for years.

“He has 100 per cent commitment and he never wants to be second best.

“He will be missed by everyone in football, though I’m sure he won’t be far away, Sir Alex’s good advice will always be there if needed.”

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