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David Moyes can blame Alex Ferguson for his failure

22 April 2014

Poor David Moyes, sacked before the season ends. Living up to the standards set by Sir Alex Ferguson was always an impossible task, especially since Fergie left Manchester United in a shoddy state. Moyes inherited a squad stuffed with arrogant past-its like Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Young. It’s testament to Ferguson’s terrifying force of personality that United managed somehow to win the league last season with such a dodgy ensemble; but he deserves criticism too for leaving a mess behind.

Yes, Moyes failed to handle the big ego players — which seems to be the essential skill for a top manager these days. Yes, he never seemed to know his best starting eleven. It’s worth noting, though, that until last weekend’s loss at Everton, Man United would have been top if the league table were done purely on away form. It was at home, at Old Trafford, that they struggled — and here again the haunting figure of Fergie, sat red-faced and glowering in the stands, might be held somewhat responsible. The consolation for Moyes is that at least now it’s over, that and a mega pay off. He could blame Fergie for his failure, but he is probably too much of a good bloke to do that.

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  • Smithersjones2013

    Fergie can take his share of the blame for facilitating the asset stripping of the team by the Glazer’s since they bought the club but the real culprits are those arrogant jumped up spoilt brats in the dressing room. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they weren’t such a bunch of has beens and never haves (Rooney, Van Persie and De Gaie aside).

    Moyes made mistakes but he shouldn’t have had to teach players how to run, pass, tackle, dribble and shoot but looking at the state of the United squad that’s exactly what he had to do with most of them and when they seemingly kicked up rough about it the Glazer’s lost their nerve and sacked him………..

  • City Blue

    A decent man and competent manager but probably not up to the United job. All of which suggests that the Glazer family may not be entirely keen to continue taking Alex Ferguson’s advice. Perhaps he will be lecturing on succession planning at his next stint at Harvard Business School.

  • Michael H Kenyon

    Just because politicians transparently pretend to be interested in football to make themselves ‘of the people’, there’s no reason to assume readers of this blog do. When asked what my favourite sport is, I say “reading, and sexual intercourse – not at the same time”.

    • City Blue

      I read this blog and and enjoy football. Reading and sexual intercourse are pastimes not sports. Bang goes the theory…

    • Smithersjones2013

      I read this blog and I am interested in Manchester United who it is estimated have close on 300 million supporters worldwide. How many other British exports can you claim are as successful? United are a major British business success story attracting investment and revenues from all over the globe. It is pretty obvious that they are a major news story when things like this happen.

      PS Given how small minded (and dull) your post is, I suspect that you spend much more time practising the first of your favourite sports than you do the second………

  • Mark McIntyre

    Did The Glazers dial 999 ? or 911 ?? !

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Or possibly “Ghostbusters”.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    This story was not just the lead on BBC World News (17.00) here in Japan, it was the only story. Britisher pals, do you feel this excessive emphasis on football in the MSM is pushing you to the periphery of society? Worthy of a top 10 ranking on your, “Emigrate, reasons to” list. Face it, football and criminally inclined football fans are a major component of UK trash culture where education and learning are ridiculed as elitist.
    Jack, Japan Alps

    • Ricky Strong

      Sport has always played a major role in society, although I do agree that along with celebrities it often overshadows and demeans other areas of far greater importance – education and learning as you rightly point out being one of them.

    • Al

      ….or it could be argued that successful and confident nation can afford to spend some quality time with its favorite pastime.

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        Nah, it`s still dumbing down.

    • Ashley Giles

      It’s important to realise that this was not just a ‘football story’, not just a ‘sport story’, Manchester United is a major global brand. This was a financial story too, a business story. Moreover, it’s a story that interests millions. It might be wrong, but stories about Ukraine or changes in the UK judicial system do not attract the masses, and major news outlets cater for the masses.

    • Smithersjones2013

      How many organisations can claim nearly 300 million supporters/ customers globally and attract a collective global audience of over 2.4 billion every year?

      Only an uniformed small-minded fool would suggest that the removal of the manager of a £1.5 billion franchise (Forbes valuation) such as that does not deserve front page coverage…….

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