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Legendary coach, goalkeeper Bobby Clark retires

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He learned from Alex Ferguson, won 17 caps for Scotland, and led Notre Dame’s men to an NCAA title.

Now Bobby Clark, one of the best coaches in American college soccer history, is hanging up his whistle after 17 years at Notre Dame.

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As a goalkeeper, Clark set a shutout record that lasted 38 years and required Edwin van der Saar to break it.

As a coach, Clark developed MLS and USMNT stars like Matt Besler, Dillon Powers, Harrison Shipp, Justin Morrow, and Jeb Brovsky.

The full statement is here.

“I just finished telling our team that this, my 17th season at Notre Dame, will be my last,” said Clark. “This has been possibly the hardest decision I have had to make in my time at Notre Dame. I have loved my time at this University and, although I have kept postponing retirement, with my 73rd birthday coming up next year I felt it was time to be in a position to spend quality time with Bette, my wife of almost 50 years, my children and importantly my seven grandchildren. I have always looked at my team as extended family, so the players will be greatly missed. If I stretch my collegiate coaching career back to when I began at Dartmouth back in 1985 then I really do have a lot of extended family.”

Alex Ferguson praises Mourinho as Man Utd boss

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Four years ago, Alex Ferguson stepped down as Manchester United manager with a fitting finish as Premier League champion.

The legendary manager has since watched hand-picked successor David Moyes struggle for a season before Louis Van Gaal hit similar managerial speed bumps over campaigns.

Now Jose Mourinho is in charge of Manchester United, and Ferguson is… pretty happy with the guy.

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Mourinho has United in sixth place, four points out of fourth and 14 back of pack leaders Chelsea. Ferguson sees a few too many draws in the bunch, but says the side is really coming along.

From the BBC:

“You can see he has got to grips with the club,” he said. “The team is playing really well and he has been very unlucky. He has had six 1-1 draws and in every game he has battered the opposition.

“If they hadn’t had all these draws, they would be there challenging Chelsea. That is the unfortunate part but he is going to have to live with that.”

Ferguson also spoke about new club record scorer Wayne Rooney and how Mourinho has settled down on the touchline, a feature he thinks has filtered down to the players onto the field.

Ferguson backs Mourinho’s Manchester United for “massive improvement”

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Jose Mourinho, seemingly, has the backing of legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who expects a  at Old Trafford.

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The Portuguese managerial wizard was introduced to the press as United boss earlier on Tuesday, and Ferguson commented on the hiring soon afterward.

From Sky Sports:

“I think Jose was wrong to go back to Chelsea. It’s always difficult when you go back somewhere for a second time.

“He’s won the European Cup twice with different clubs and won titles with all the clubs he’s been at. You can’t ignore his record and I think Manchester United is the right kind of club for him.”
That’s all well and good, but Ferguson also hand-picked David Moyes to take over for him at Old Trafford, and he also said Louis van Gaal’s revolution was “brilliant”.

Ferguson still being asked about Moyes: “We chose a good football man”

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In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.

Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.

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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.

In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.

From the BBC:

“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.

“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”

The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.

What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.

Alex Ferguson says big name Man Utd signings were “really important”

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Former Manchester United manager and current director Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on current Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal for buying some of the world’s best players.

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Speaking to Manchester United TV, Ferguson said that in order for United to succeed they need the best players in the world. Sure, that seems obvious for any team, but Ferguson said it, so…

From the BBC:

“It was really important because you need quality at Manchester United, you need the best players,” Ferguson said.

The 72-year-old Scotsman, who won 38 trophies in his 26 years at United, told MUTV: “That’s the way the game is going today with fees likes £85m for Gareth Bale.

“When you can identify ability like that needed by Manchester United, they have the resources to do that.

“Those are fees I never quite equalled but nonetheless they were needing quite a big injection this year.”

You have to think David Moyes reads these comments and wants to karate kick a running lawnmower in frustration. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that if United okayed the purchases or loans of one of he best players in the world (Angel Di Maria) to go with a stable of international standouts (Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera) that Moyes would’ve fared just a bit better?

Even better is Ferguson giving Van Gaal a high-five for handing debuts to a bunch of youngsters, like Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair because “it’s the United way” to give academy players a chance. Listen, SAF: pretty sure Everton, Charlton, Port Vale and the Plumbers Union of Northumberland would play kids if half their team was injured.

What is he supposed to say? I don’t know, but you feel a bit of an urge to take up for Moyes sometimes. Put in an impossible spot of taking over for a guy who basically informed him — not asked — he would be taking the job, Moyes gets to watch as his replacement is lauded for doing things he would’ve done, too, while beating a very easy early schedule.