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Football: Ferguson gets Uefa ambassador role

Published on Jan 24, 2014 8:15 PM
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Manchester United's former manager Alex Ferguson at the English League Cup semi-final second leg match between United and Sunderland at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, on Jan 22, 2014. Ferguson is set to take up a role with European football's governing body as a coaching ambassador, Uefa president Michel Platini said on Friday, Jan 24, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NYON, Switzerland (AFP) - Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is set to take up a role with European football's governing body as a coaching ambassador, Uefa president Michel Platini said on Friday.

The 72-year Scot had a record-breaking tenure of 26 and a half years at Old Trafford before retiring at the end of last season after winning his 13th league title with the club.

"Sir Alex will be chairman of the forum of elite coaches that meet every year. He will also be a member of the technical study group of the Champions League and the European Championship," Platini said at an executive committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland.

"It is an honour and a privilege to accept this role as ambassador for Uefa," said Ferguson.