So the football world went to sleep on the rumour and awoke to the reality; Sir Alex Ferguson (SAF), manager of Manchester United FC, has decided to take early retirement! This will have been a considered course of action yet the timing has come as a surprise to most of us. Most thought he would stay on for another couple of years, especially with the way his team were eliminated from The European Champions League this season, he would undoubtedly want to avenge that. Especially as SAF had himself indicated very recently his desire to stay on for another couple of campaigns. So - why now? I think the answer has to lie with his preferred successor. And for me all the evidence points towards Jose Mourinho.