"I am still shocked by the news. I was very confident of the club winning trophies but that will now be under more threat."
That was the reaction of 25-year-old Johnson Mugabo, a banker, to the news that Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United and the most successful English football coach, has announced he will resign on May 18 after 27 years in charge.
"The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time," said Ferguson, who will now serve as a director and ambassador for the club.
Ferguson has resigned after guiding the club to a 20th Premier league trophy, 13 of which under his reign. He has won 34 trophies with the English side.
A successor to the legendary manager has yet to be announced and Ivan Mugisha, a journalist and supporter of the club for the last eight years, has only one name in mind: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. "I'm surprised like many people that he has retired, he is an absolute legend. The big question now is who will step in his big shoes. For me it can only be Jose Mourinho," he said.
Another ManU fan, Patricia Mahoro, remarked that the celebrations of the club winning the Premier League will have a somber note because the major architect of the triumph will no longer be with the club.
Ferguson's trophies with Manchester United
Premier League (13): 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13.
FA Cup (5): 1989-90, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2003-04.
League Cup (4): 1991-92, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10.
Charity/Community Shield (10): 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011.
Champions League (2): 1998-99, 2007-08.
European Cup-Winners' Cup (1): 1990-91.
European Super Cup (1): 1991.
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999.
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008.