Sir Alex Ferguson pulls out of SAS dinner, Ron Atkinson steps in

Sir Alex Ferguson watches the Gentlemen's Singles quarter-final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Fernando Verdasco of Spain on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 3, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly pulls out of an event for the SAS where he was due to speak and is replaced by Ron Atkinson.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was replaced by Ron Atkinson after the Scotsman pulled out of a dinner for the SAS.

The 72-year-old, who retired from management last year, was due to speak at the event, which 300 top brass paid £200 each to attend.

However, Ferguson was unable to feature at regimental HQ in Hereford, leaving ex-United boss Atkinson to be called on as a replacement.

According to the The Mirror, an army spokesman said: "Ron was a great stand-in and helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for military families, widows and partners who have lost loved ones serving abroad."

Meanwhile, Ferguson is expected to begin a teaching stint at Harvard University later this year.

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