With Gill informing Ferguson that he was also planning to step down, the Scot – who hand-picked Everton’s David Moyes as his successor at United – has admitted in an interview with MUTV that Gill’s plans forced him to question the timing of his own retirement.
“I had a meeting with David Gill in my house,” Ferguson said. “He phoned me one lunchtime and said ‘are you busy’ – it was a Sunday – he said: ‘I’d like to come over and speak to you.’
“He came over to talk to me about him retiring himself. I says: ‘Christ I’ve made up my mind to retire myself at the end of the season.’ That gave me a terrible quandary because you start thinking about leaving the club in the lurch.
“I said: ‘I’ll need to speak to Mr Glazer, to Joel.’ And he organised for Joel to give me a call and I explained to him why I wanted to retire and why it was the right reasons and he accepted that.
“That was at the end of February. So that period was difficult. I was trying to keep it quiet and couldn’t tell some members of my family."
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