How can you replace the irreplaceable? The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson has not only left a feeling of emptiness in all United supporters but any supporter of the beautiful game.
The appointment of David Moyes ahead of Jose Mourinho has raised a few eyebrows as the 50 year old Glaswegian has yet to win a trophy in management and has taken the reigns at a club where winning a trophy has become a requirement.
It would have been an easy decision to appoint the 'Special One'. Jose Mourinho has guaranteed success in whatever job he has undertaken, from a stunning Champions League win with Porto in 2004 to a historic treble with Inter in 2010. Consequently, he has had no problem in attracting the best players in Europe to join him at his past and present clubs. Perhaps in this regard he has the edge over Moyes, along with his evident European experience and success.
However, where Mourinho would certainly bring short-term success to the club, David Moyes would make-up with loyalty and stability. David Moyes has spent almost 11 years at Goodison Park and he has built a relatively successful club with limited funds. He has also demonstrated his ability to rebuild teams which is a requirement of such a long tenure and is the main reason for the sustained success at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.
During his time at Everton, Moyes achieved great recognition from his peers, culminating in the LMA manager of the year award on three separate occasions (2003, 2005 and 2009). He has consistently overachieved as Everton manager, especially during the 2004-2005 season which saw Everton finish fourth ahead of rivals Liverpool.
Appointing Moyes will not only ensure stability at the club but more importantly maintain the status quo. He is of the same mould as Sir Alex if there were such a thing and his paternal leadership will create a seamless transition for the current crop of players to adhere to. Ferguson himself also cited the need for a manager that would invest all facets of their time in the job, praising Moyes for his "integrity and work ethic".
David Moyes' teams are usually associated with playing a fast-flowing and direct brand of football similar to the teams Ferguson has produced which means fans of the club will not have to adapt to a dramatic difference in style of play. The fact that Moyes was recommended by Ferguson should quell those unsettled by the appointment.
In the current environment where the top clubs have simply rotated between high-profile foreign mangers with many staying no longer than a season, it is refreshing to see a British manager and one with proven loyalty given a chance at the biggest job in football.
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