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Ferguson salutes "inspirational" Robson

September 21, 2009
At Sir Bobby Robson's thanksgiving service at Durham Cathedral, Sir Alex Ferguson said he was inspired to defer his retirement after heeding the advice of his long time friend.

After Sir Bobby was forced out of his beloved Newcastle United, because of his age, he rang his Manchester United counterpart and was insistent he did not quit.

"It was not a question, it was a demand. 'You're not retiring are you?'," Sir Alex said. "'Of course I'm not' (I said). Not after he'd said that."
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