Manchester United should not have let Sir Alex Ferguson choose David Moyes as his successor but instead held a thorough interview process, according to former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow.
It is a well established fact that Ferguson was allowed to choose his own successor after announcing his retirement from manager as Manchester United. He chose Everton manager and good friend Moyes for the job.
Such was Ferguson's stature within the walls of Old Trafford, United officials handed Moyes a six-year deal without so much as a question, something Purslow believes has cost them ever since.
Manchester United have fallen away from the top of the league and look set to drop out of the top four for the first time in Premier League history - a major blow for the club as they will not compete in the Champions League unless they defy the odds and win the trophy this year.
Former Liverpool MD Purslow believes the Old Trafford outfit would have been bettered served by interview a number of candidates and choosing one who had a clear vision on where to take the club in a post-Ferguson era, rather than relying on the manager's word that Moyes would succeed.
He cites his former club Liverpool and Bayern Munich as two clubs who have done it right in previous years.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Purslow said: “If we believe what we’ve read, Sir Alex Ferguson, more or less, recommended and appointed David Moyes.
“If you contrast this with their peers like Bayern Munich, who targeted Pep Guardiola from one of their rival clubs, with the best will in the world, one gets the sense Bayern Munich went about it carefully, cautiously and took their time.
“This isn’t Sir Alex Ferguson’s fault, in any sense. I keep reading about him leaving a bad team but what was he meant to do? Leave when they were poor, rather than leave on a high?
“[Any other company] would run a search. They establish their criteria. They interview three or four candidates, whittle it down to one or two and, through the process, often you will learn a lot.
“You get the sense Fenway Sports Group did this [when appointing] Brendan Rodgers. We know they interviewed multiple candidates. We know Rodgers presented a 180-page vision [for the club].
“I couldn’t help but notice Gary Neville said the other day you can sense an identity crisis at Manchester United. It isn’t clear David Moyes had a plan.”
Purslow also believes that Moyes made a tremendous mistake by employing his own backroom staff instead of keeping the team Ferguson built.
He added: “The other thing which strikes me about this is, even if David Moyes was the right person, the continuity candidate, cast in the same mould as Sir Alex, why on earth did he get rid of Sir Alex’s backroom staff?
“If I was David Moyes, picking up on Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy, I would have kept Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen around.”