Sir Alex Ferguson - Is he a good judge of managers?

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Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably the greatest manager of British history always had a knack of being a good judge of players.  Be it a youth team player who he could ingratiate into the first team, or an experienced player in his prime, Ferguson tended to get it right.  

Of course, he got some wrong, but nobody is perfect.  There has always seemed to be one agenda on which Ferguson has often got his opinion wrong on.

Managers.  This will outline his judgement on previous managers, culminating on the appointment of David Moyes.

Let's just name a few who Ferguson has publicly backed and put forward for jobs.  Alex McLeish, Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, Mark McGhee, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson to name but a few.   The common trend with these names are that they are all Fergie disciples, ex-players who have forced a way into management.  These men however, have never reached the heights that Ferguson seemed to believe they would.

Starting with McLeish, Ferguson claimed, "He was a great player, and he has had a good career as a manager. He will do a good job at Villa given time, trust and confidence. 

"We all need a pat on the back at times and Alex has done a remarkable job."  This statement coming just months after McLeish had relegated Birmingham, and the season would culminate in Aston Villa's joint worst league position in their Premier League history.

Robson was another heralded by Ferguson as another great manager-to-be when he left Manchester United in 1994.  During his playing days, Robson was supremely talented and many believed he would go on to become one of the great managers of his generations.

This never materialised however, seeing one long spell in charge of Middlesbrough before shorter stints at Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.

Numerous other managers coming from Ferguson's tutelage have been given the golden ticket to forge a career in the management path.  

I am not trying to suggest that any of these managers are not, to put mildly, very good.  But it appears that Ferguson's view of these managers could potentially be hindered with a spot of leniency and favouritism.  

Other virtues could also result in filling the Premier League with a number of "allies", of whom will back him in title chases and potentially feel the pressure when playing against a United team.

This all results in Ferguson's final act as Manchester United manager.  It is well widely received that David Moyes was HIS pick.  

Fergie plucked him out from the Everton job and first hand gave him the hot seat at United.  For some, this was a signal of Moyes' great work at Everton over the previous 11 seasons.  

Many suggestions that Moyes was viewed as being "cut from the same cloth" as Ferguson meant that this would be a seamless transition.

It appears however, to have been judged incredibly wrong.  Has Fergie once more, seen his personal view of a manager been hindered by natural preference?  

Considering the options, Manchester United decided to go for a manager without any trophy winning experience, over experienced men (such as Jose Mourinho), or up and coming exuberant tacticians (such as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Roberto Martinez).  

It is a wonder how Moyes' own successor at Everton, has proved how an ordinary but hard working team can be transformed into an attacking, possession filled outfit (the Everton XI that beat United last Wednesday had 8 players introduced to the Everton first team by Moyes).

Six months in a job is clearly not enough to judge someone's performance, particularly given the state of the squad that Moyes has inherited.  However, his performance must be analysed, to gauge whether there may well be some encouragement for improvement.

So far, United have been slow in possession, lacking any creativity and becoming increasingly obvious in their game plan.  

Moyes has the players to alter this, but has chosen to remain to type. Encouraging factors include Moyes seeking to use his full squad, with a total of 28 players being used this season, while he appears to be giving youngsters, most notably Adnan Januzaj, a run in the first team.

The jury is still out on David Moyes, but further scrutiny could go towards Ferguson and his decision to hand his, the biggest job in world football, to someone of relative inexperience when dealing with a club of this size, on a world scale.  

Sir Matt Busby's operation of employing managers as his predecessors resulted in relegation within a decade, will Ferguson's passing of the baton result in the same downfall?  We certainly hope not.

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