Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/8/13
David Beckham has hailed "father figure" Sir Alex Ferguson as the greatest manager in football, after the Scot announced his retirement on Wednesday. The former Manchester United midfielder, who spent a decade under Ferguson at Old Trafford, said he would not have achieved such success without the 71-year-old's influence. Beckham said: "As I have said many times before the boss wasn't just the greatest and best manager I ever played under he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left. "Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career. He understood how important it was to play for your country and he knew how much it meant to me. "After '98 without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting on and off the field and for this I will always be grateful to him for his support and protection. "I am truly honoured to have been guided by the greates...
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