Category: David Moyes

Manchester United Wanted David Moyes To Fail

If you had not already heard David Moyes has been fired then you probably already assumed it was inevitable. This Manchester United season has been historic, historically bad. In fact it was so bad that Manchester United put up these clubs records:

  • United are guaranteed to finish the season with their lowest ever Premier League points tally
  • United fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995
  • United’s worst home league form for over a decade
  • Suffered three defeats in a row for the first time since 2001 this season
  • Eliminated in the FA Cup third round – something which happened just once under Ferguson
  • First ever home defeat to Swansea this term
  • First home defeat to Newcastle since 1972
  • First home defeat to West Brom since 1978
  • First league defeat to Stoke since 1984
  • First time Man City & Liverpool have beaten United home & away since Premier League’s inception
  • First time United have conceded a first minute goal at home in the Premier League
  • First time Everton have beaten United home and away since 1969-70
  • First time Everton & Liverpool have ever done a league double over United in the same season

After perusing those stats it is no wonder that there have been calls for his head (and not just figurative calls for his head as many hot-headed Manchester United fans probably think he deserves the same fate as Robespierre). This Manchester United team has looked nothing like the teams Sir Alex Ferguson coached. They played boring soccer, they looked unprepared for many of their games, and they lacked the cutting edge they had last year that had allowed them win all their close games. To many casual observers of Manchester United and the Premier League it comes as a huge surprise that the reigning champions could have fallen from grace so quickly. However, their fall from grace isn’t as unexpected as some may have expected. The core of the team has gotten older and sluggish and management has been to slow to replace their aging core with new signings this past summer. Also, a large part of their run last year was owed in part to Robin Van Persie who has had a career plagued by injury problems and has never finished a complete season, which he failed to do yet again this season. Lastly, there is always a “hangover” when switching coaches, especially when switching from a a club coaching legend to a newer coach from outside the organization.

This is not to say David Moyes was the right man for the job. He has some success at Everton but success at Everton is measured differently than it is at Manchester United. At Everton, David Moyes showed he was was capable of keeping Everton competitive while being hamstrung by small funds for player transfers. A Champions League place was seen as a lofty goal and not an essential requirement necessary for Moyes continuing his tenure at Goodison Park. Because of this David Moyes enjoyed a comfortable career at Everton. Although David Moyes’ Everton did not play the type of soccer that soccer fans prefer to watch, they did win games and gave fans hope that they were capable of winning trophies.  The coaching job at Manchester United came with a lot of high expectations, none of which David Moyes had experience reaching. He can be appreciated for trying to challenge himself and grow as a coach but the Manchester United job was a trap.

No one could replace Sir Alex Ferguson. He is one of the greatest soccer coaches in the world and is a huge reason why Manchester United has grown into the global soccer powerhouse it is today. The vacuum of power he left could not be filled immediately after his retirement. It was destined to take time. Therefore, the coach who replaced him was destined to fail. The new coach was always going to be constantly compared to Sir Alex Ferguson and that is an unfavorable comparison to make as there are so few coaches of his caliber.  No coach could have done what Ferguson did with this squad last year and thus the team was bound to fail to meet expectations no matter who the coach was. David Moyes was not brought in as the Manchester United coach for the future. He was brought in as a scapegoat. His job was to fail and when he failed he was supposed to be sacked and take the blames for the squad. Once this happened room could be made for a high-value coaching target. When this coach is hired he will have the ideal position of being a savior for the club rather than a replacement for a club legend, which is what David Moyes was when he was hired. Next season the new coach will be able to exceed expectations by doing better than David Moyes whereas David Moyes spent all of the 2013/2014 season trying to stay afloat in the raging flood waters that are Manchester United’s expectations as set by Sir Alex Ferguson.

In essence, David Moyes was brought into to fill the big shoes left by Sir Alex Ferguson while the organization knew that no one could fit in the shoes he vacated. Therefore, it should have been no surprise that David Moyes stumbled his way through the 2013/2014 season while walking in shoes that were too big for his feet. Whichever new coach comes in to replace David won’t be forced to fill those shoes thus they are immediately at a more favorable position than Moyes was when he was hired. David Moyes was a necessary cog in the transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to the new Manchester United coach. He was only going to last a year and in that respect he was the right man for the job but he was never United’s coach of the future. They brought him so that they could fire him. If they had wanted him as their coach of the future they would have at least given him one more year.



Is Moyes Out or is This More Media Hoopla?

Check out these articles about David Moyes and his future at Manchester United. Just in case you live under a red veil of positivity, United lost to cross-town rivals Manchester City 3-0. The team gifted a goal just forty seconds into the game. They fought back valiantly but to no end product. I feel like Sir Alex Ferguson is only attending these games to confirm to himself that he made the right move to get out of town before the soccerpocalypse begins. Check out these articles below. Some interesting reasons to get rid of the man expected to bring the reds to glory.

Not just one, but thirty-one reasons why Moyes needs to leave United

Here is a positive article already replacing Moyes with potential winners.

And lastly, an article that says Moyes is tarnishing Sir Alex Ferguson.

moyesI’d be scratching my head too if I had no idea what to do. Or is I had a passionate fan berate me after a 3-0 drubbing by Manchester City. Or if my team had found its way closer to the bottom half than the top of the league after an incredible league crown last season. Shall I continue?

Why Manchester United is Manchester United

You think your standards are high? Check out this video of Gary Neville describing the accountability of each player in the United dressing room. Vidic scares me when he smiles so I can only imagine what kind of fire his death stare brings. This video makes me wonder if David Moyes will be able to continue to cultivate the incredibly high standards that a club like Manchester United has grown to live by. We will know soon enough.

Which New Coach Will Have the Most Success in Premier League?

Jose Mourinho

The self-proclaimed “special one” and the brains behind multiple Champion’s League champions of the past. Is this another situation where Mourinho will find himself winning every trophy available? One could look at the talent in his squad and the talent he is bringing in and say yes, this team is good enough to win any tournament on the planet. But, I will call a spade a spade and say that when an owner is too involved in any team’s proceedings, business blocks footballing magistry and at the end of the day, that team suffers. Still, expect to see a few Mourinho full-sprint knee slides in his $4,000 suits. If Ba and Torres can find some kind of scoring form, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Lampard and the like will have no problem providing chances. Defensively there certainly are questions for Chelsea, yet when your team scores 5 goals a game, who cares about defending anyway? I see Mourinho’s first year less impressive than everyone expects. A top four finish for sure, but more than likely out of the title race.

Can the second coming be better than the first?

Mark Hughes

After less than successful stints at Manchester City, Fulham and QPR, Mr. Hughes finds himself in an interesting situation. He takes over a team renowned for its directness and defensive organization and he takes over a team that can’t realistically put any kind of high expectations on the team. I feel that a top 13 finish would be a successful year for them. I want say they can go top 10 but after the way this year ended with their flirtation with relegation I don’t know how reasonable that is. Some signings are necessary and Hughes has to change the culture there. That is a multi-year job and a multi-year struggle. We will see how this all turns out.

Can he turn Stoke around? Or take them to the next level?

Roberto Martinez

For me, Roberto Martinez has earned the most favorable situation out of any of the new managers. He comes into a club that has enjoyed relative success given its resources and current players at the club. Moyes did a great job there and he was deservedly rewarded with his Manchester United move. Martinez was able to prove his worth by making incredible runs with a Wigan Athletic team that was undermanned but never outclassed. His tenure at Wigan was an impressive one and something that he will look back on fondly, only if he is successful at Everton. I think he will be. Better players, a bigger budget, better supporters and a nicer paycheck will put a smile on any manger’s face. Moyes has created expectations for the club but I feel Martinez will meet and exceed them. I see a top 8 finish this season with potential for a Europa League spot.

I would be smiles too if I landed that job!

David Moyes

Moyes jumped ship from Everton into a glorious opportunity with Manchester United. An incredible support staff, an incredible history and a global fan-base should be enough to carry Moyes into success. Maybe. Just maybe. He certainly will have top talent. I’m interested to see how he handles that and the pressure of ridiculously high expectations. You have the best players and the biggest egos. How will he manage all the change in his life? Moyes is a Fergie protegé and I am sure Sir Alex will be available for him at any time if need be. This season will not be all roses for Moyes. I see Manchester United struggling to get involved in the title race and struggling to find a way into the knockout stages of the Champion’s League. Is it Moyes fault? Absolutely not, but who knows what the fans will think.

Manuel Pellegrini

This is the best worst managerial job in football. Manchester City has all the riches and resources one could ever ask for. But, if you do not win the league and the Champion’s League every year, there is a great chance that you will be out of a job. Pellegrini has the credentials to manage the range of egos and talent that Manchester City has to offer. Chemistry is always an issue with teams of superstars so we shall see if he can do better than Mr. Mancini. I don’t rate Manchester City. I never have. They are easy to hate. But for all the hatred, there is incredible depth of talent. This will push them in the league and other competitions. They will be back towards the top of the league again and will make a run at the Champion’s League as well. Balotelli will be sad he left.

Is it possible to be successful in the eyes of Manchester City’s owners?

Owen Coyle

My good friend is a massive Bolton supporter. Any team that signs Tim Ream and Stuart Holden is fine by me. Bolton, for all its shortcomings, were fun to watch in the Premier League and made a push to get back to the top division this past season. A run a midseason poor performances doomed them. Still, Owen Coyle is a good signing for Wigan. He is used to the situation. A smaller club, with lofty ambitions and people willing to splash a bit of cash around for the right talent. Coyle will be able to find and cultivate that talent, similar to that of Roberto Martinez. Wigan will find its way back up this season and enjoy a longer tenure in the Premier League this time around.

Owen Coyle will bring Wigan back to the big time