David Moyes could be forgiven for thinking that things couldn’t get any worse following his nightmare reign at the helm of Manchester United.
However, his role as a World Cup columnist for The Sunday Times has thrown up yet more embarrassment for the Scot, after pictures started circulating of his pre-tournament prediction that Spain were the team to beat at this year’s tournament.
Moyes must have felt that the holders and two-time European Champions were a safe bet - but sure enough, they’ve crashed out of the competition with a game to spare.
Vicente del Bosque’s side were dismantled by the Netherlands in their opening match, losing 5-1 following braces from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben. Xabi Alonso had put them a goal in-front.
Then last night, things went from bad to worse for La Roja, as goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz proved to be the difference in a 2-0 win for the dark horse from South America.
ESPN journalist Alex Shaw was first to put the pieces together, and in 12 hours he was retweeted over 1,000 times as the joke gathered pace across the web.
"The key in this World Cup is picking the right men to play a system in which they flourish,” wrote the Scot in the lead pull-out quote from his column.
It hardly seems like a profound statement, and is generally the key to things going well for any football team from Sunday league to Premier League.
Manchester United failure
Given his lack of success at Old Trafford, pearls of wisdom like this are unlikely to surprise Manchester United fans, who quickly fell out of love with Sir Alex Ferguson’s chosen successor.
Moyes got the Red Devils job in May 2013 following Ferguson’s retirement, but immediately struggled to make his mark on the Premier League champions in the transfer window.
After missing out on a number of high-profile players, he could only add Marouane Fellaini as a significant addition to the first team. The Belgian would go on to struggle.
Following a difficult initial period, he appeared to make a significant move with the signing of Juan Mata in the January transfer window, appeasing fans who were far from happy with the team’s performance on the pitch.
The Spaniard couldn’t help turn things around though, and Moyes would eventually pay the price by losing the Manchester United job in April 2014.
He is yet to return to management, and unfortunately his career as a respected pundit is now on the line after this horror selection in Brazil.
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