Sir Alex Ferguson was left ‘furious’ after David Moyes re-shaped the backroom staff he had inherited at Manchester United after the former Everton manager had promised he would not disrupt the coaching set-up. Well, at least that is according to Richard Keys.
Moyes reached another nadir as Manchester United boss on Tuesday night as a trouncing handed out by Manchester City at Old Trafford led to angry fans attempting to confront the manager while he was in the dugout.
And, it would appear, Moyes attracted anger right from the star of his Manchester United reign, after the Scot went back on an agreement he had with Ferguson after being handpicked to become the club’s next manager.
“I learned this week one of the agreements Fergie had with Moyes was that he wouldn't disrupt the backroom staff,” Keys wrote in his latest blog, which is often the source of much amusement. “Fergie was furious when he did.”
Moyes decided to ring a host of changes to the Manchester United coaching staff, with Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden taking up the same roles they had at Goodison Park, while Phil Neville was inducted into the backroom after retiring at Everton.
This meant Mike Phelan, trusted assistant to Ferguson during their time together at Manchester United, was relieved of his duties while Rene Meulensteen also departed, although Moyes claims he wanted the latter to stay.
Ryan Giggs was also added to the coaching ranks, most likely on the recommendation of Ferguson, while long-serving goalkeeping coach Eric Steele departed.