The Family Of Sir Alex Ferguson Have Released A Statement After Brain Haemorrhage
The family of Sir Alex Ferguson have issued a statement for the first time since he was hospitalised with a brain haemorrhage last week.
In the statement the former Manchester United, and Aberdeen bosses son Darren thanked fans and the wider football community for their support through his father's period of ill health.
Darren, himself a football manager for Doncaster Rovers, said: "On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to thank the huge number of people who have been kind enough to send messages of support during a difficult time.
"It has been overwhelming to read how many people care and that they are thinking of my dad and willing his recovery.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Macclesfield Hospital and at the Salford Royal who have been truly magnificent. We continue to request privacy during this vital period of recovery."
Manchester United confirmed that Sir Alex was out of intensive care on Wednesday and was no longer in imminent danger. It was even reported that he had asked for some of the football results and joked about attending the Champion's League final in Kiev later this month.
United's statement read: "Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.
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"His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery."
Current United boss Jose Mourinho also said that whilst the family request that their privacy be respected at the time, they are very positive about his future recovery.
The Portuguese manager said: "It's private. His family asked for privacy and that's what I am going to respect.
"They are positive, they are very positive. We are confident."
Sir Alex is widely regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time. He oversaw the most successful period in Manchester United's history, winning the Premier League 13 times, the F.A. Cup 5 times and the UEFA Champion's League twice during his reign.
His sudden illness took the footballing world by surprise as he had been seen on the pitch at United's home ground, Old Trafford, presenting a commemorative trophy to his long-time rival and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger just a week before he was hospitalised.
He will continue his recovery in hospital.
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