Sir Alex Ferguson retires

Sir Alex Ferguson has retired as manager of Manchester United.

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Hughes has not ruled out a return to Everton

Mark Hughes has not ruled himself out of return to Goodison Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Mark Hughes today refused to rule himself out of a return to Everton, should David Moyes become Manchester United's new manager.

The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years at Old Trafford seems likely to set in motion a series of managerial changes, the first of which is expected to see Moyes arrive from the Toffees.

Hughes, who has not managed since being sacked by QPR in November, stopped short of directly throwing his hat into the ring for a vacancy that is not yet open but appeared interested.

Hughes played for Everton between 2000 and 2002.

"It's not happened yet but it's obvious if one manager leaves there is an opportunity for other managers who are currently out of work, which includes myself," he told Sky Sports News. "It (Everton) is a great club, a club I had the fortune to play for and I really enjoyed my time there.

"Whoever gets that opportunity it is a really big club and really big shoes to fill.

"It's an opportunity for somebody and I back myself for most jobs in the Premier League.

"It's a big job, there's only 20 jobs available and everybody wants to work in the Premier League."


Martinez to focus on Wigan until end of season

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has claimed it would be a waste of time for Everton to contact him over their impending managerial vacancy as his mind is totally focused on Wigan for the final week of the season.

With David Moyes set to be announced as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor later today, Martinez is clear favourite to end up at Goodison Park.

But with an FA Cup Final looming on Saturday and Premier League survival to secure after that, Martinez has no time for distractions.

"At this moment in time it would be a waste of time," said Martinez.

"The most important thing is to be as ready as we can for Saturday and then the two other finals we have in the league after that.

"It is the peak time for us. We want our fans to be proud of us and that is what we are fighting for.

"What goes around on the outside doesn't affect us. We won't lose any focus."

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Moyes' first challenge: Keep Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has reportedly expressed a desire to leave Manchester United. Credit: PA

Everton manager David Moyes is expected to be announced as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor later today.

Our sources at ITV believe he will sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford, which he will announce to Everton players this morning and to the rest of the world this afternoon.

One of his first challenges will be keeping Wayne Rooney, who expressed a desire to leave Manchester United two weeks ago.

Moyes was Rooney's manager at Everton and sued the player for comments the striker made in his autobiography.

It is thought they have since made peace.

Manchester United said last night that the Rooney is not for sale.

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United say Rooney 'not for sale' following exit rumours

Manchester United have insisted that Wayne Rooney is "not for sale" following a string of reports last night that he had asked to leave the club.

James Ducker of The Times and The Guardian's Jamie Jackson said Rooney had requested a transfer from Sir Alex Ferguson two weeks ago.

The Daily Mirror's Ollie Holt added that Rooney's agents had been fielding interest from Bayern Munich, and, more recently, Chelsea.


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Rio Ferdinand praises Sir Alex's 'desire to win'

Rio Ferdinand has become the first current Manchester United player to react to the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

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