I hope everyone had a nice Easter break, because the world of Manchester United is about to get crazy, and beware; this has already been one messed up season.
This morning, just about thirty minutes ago in fact, the mighty chipmunks of Old Trafford have removed David Moyes from his position as manager and in doing so, months of dire results, half assed performances and growing unrest have been brought to an end. Or so we hope.
Two things come immediately to mind;
a) After the confirmation that we could not qualify for the Champions League next year, financially it is a descision the Chipmunks have to make. The money men have spoken and it’s easier to write off a year’s salary to David than it is to continually watch a powerhouse become the laughing stock’s laughing stock.
deux) Read the official statement from Manchester United; It seems to me that David Moyes has been totally, unequivocally, mercilessly, thrown under the bus.
The official statement is;
Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the Club.
The Club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.
That’s it. I refreshed the page twice to see if it had loading issues. I don’t know what more I expected and really I don’t know what more they could have included but they could have written that on the back of a stamp. It gives no news on Ryan Giggs, Chris Woods, nothing else. By all accounts they made David turn up to training this morning too, we did that when I was a manager at a well known media company; we told this guy he had to come in and sign a document, he didn’t, we just needed him on the premises so that the suits could fire him.
Still, I feel for David Moyes this morning. A lot of the problems were of his own making, an Everton friend said to me that for ten years Moyes was brilliant for them and in the eleventh year he was tactically clueless, something which my friend believed followed him to Manchester. There he may have a point, some of his tactics can be questioned but the fact remains he was curator in someone else’s gallery; it was essentially someone else’s team and the previous manager created a lot of the issues David had to deal with. Sir Alex Ferguson should be held accountable for his part but let’s be fair, it was a distant elephant, it was a fair way off and no one looks too close at the mechanics when the car is winning races do they? You do not want a mirror at the dentist.
Now, the elephant has crushed us, stomped us into mid table and before the rebuilding money gets handed out the chipmunks must find a guiding hand that they trust with the purse and the future. Please god make it someone who can just turn up and get on with it, without the seventy six trombones and the media frenzy announcing a second coming-esque new era. Can I also ask that Sir Alex Ferguson be nowhere near the meetings about who the new man will be, there can be no sentiment here, nowhere near, I mean it… the new manager is discussed, send Sir Alex to make tea for everyone, please.
Acting now CAN make this season a blip on the radar rather than something bigger, only time will tell. Sorry, David.