London: Sir Alex Ferguson had stunned Manchester United players after he reportedly told them not to call him `Boss` again, as his final order.
The Scot ended his 26-year Old Trafford reign with a thrilling 5-5 draw against West Bromich Albion and will be succeeded by outgoing Everton boss David Moyes. Making the quip to players and backroom staff at Old Trafford, Ferguson joked that his retirement means that United players can finally call him names they had been muttering under their breath all these years with him at the helm.
Pleading with the Old Trafford players and staff to give their full support to his successor, Ferguson said that together, all of them had achieved great things, adding that as a final order, he does not want anyone to call him `Boss` again as they will have a new boss, for whom they should reserve the honour.
Ferguson`s shock speech came hours before the news of his departure was officially announced on May 8, and his staff and players were all stunned by the announcement, with some of them being moved to tears.
When the final whistle blew, Ferguson walked on to the West Brom pitch to deafening roars from all sections of the 26,500 crowd. Ryan Giggs, clearly moved by the reception, shepherded Ferguson over to the 3,000 travelling United fans as they chanted his name.