London, May 26(ANI): Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, who is also a close friend of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has said the legendary manager would retire after the end of this season due to health concerns.
Ferguson envisaged that he would stay on for another three years till he turned 70 on New Year's Eve, but said health will be the deciding factor.
Last week Ferguson was taken to hospital by ambulance after suffering a nosebleed, and Whelan believes the Scot will retire in 12 months.
"After next season, Sir Alex will call it a day. The pressure is telling, especially when you're at the top for so long," The Daily Mail quoted Whelan, as saying.
"He had a little scare and that tells me he will think very hard and realise there is no point trying to carry on and take the risk," he added. (ANI)