Having noted that Sir Alex has now announced his retirement from Manchester United, I should point Sir Chris Hoy beat him to the retirement arena by a few days. However Sir Chris, at 37 years of age, is actually changing gears in career terms.
As the Daily Telegraph coverage confirms Sir Chris is leaving the world of cycling to pursue a goal in the world of motor sport, courtesy of the SR1 circuit for novice drivers. Speaking about the inspiration to pursue this new challenge, he has said:
“I love cars, I love racing bikes, I’ve still got that competitive instinct even though I’ve retired from racing bikes, and I’ve driven on circuits for a number of years now, just on track days, so to combine the two and to have a little bit of fun… it’s just a great chance for me,”
It is great too that he has identified what is important – competition plus fun – and transferred the same confidence he brought to the velodrome to the racing circuit. That calculation suggests that his goal is clear, and the steps he will be taking to move toward what he wants are equally certain. I would put money on him being successful in his new field too, given time.