So Sir Alex is to retire after 27 years as manager of Manchester United. During that time United have won an astonishing 38 trophies.
It was though his winning of the European Cup Winners Cup 30 years ago in a final against Real Madrid whilst with Aberdeen that remains his greatest achievement.
The best football manager ever? In terms of trophies that’s almost certainly true.
It looks like another Scot, Everton’s Davie Moyes could be named today as Ferguson’s successor. Moyes is a guy who appears to be in a similar mould to Ferguson with the added advantage of being quite likeable.