It's safe to say I was initially underwhelmed by the news of the imminent arrival of David Moyes to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Still rather sad at the news Sir Alex was finally retiring, a friend kept telling me 'David Moyes is a good manager, you’ll be fine' and at first I believed him just to be trying to comfort me.
Let’s get this straight, I believe David Moyes is very good manager, having worked on an extremely limited budget and resources in his time at Everton, he has done extremely well. At Manchester United the board will no doubt be patient with him and the players, resources and budget will be far superior to what he was accustomed to at Everton.
This season with a small Everton squad in the matches against the traditional ‘Big Six’ of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, his record stands at three wins, six draws and only two defeats. If he can do that with the resources he has at Everton, imagine what he could do with the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and some of his own signings!
Next, it is important to remember that United have debt issues and so Moyes would be working to some extent on a tight budget, something he has experience of, having worked his way up the footballing ladder from the bottom. Were the Red Devils to have gone for Jose Mourinho, not only would they have had to fork out a huge sum in compensation to Real Madrid, to whom he is still under contract, but it is also common knowledge that the Special One requires a large transfer kitty, something United might not be able to provide.
Whereas Mourinho requires a large transfer budget, as stated above, just like Sir Alex Moyes likes to promote from within, using the club’s excellent academy wherever possible. This not only saves money on transfers, but also follows the United way of giving youth a chance. Let’s not forget that it was David Moyes that gave a 16-year-old Rooney his debut back in 2002.
Manchester United are a club that wants a manger for the long-run, this is a part of the Red Devils tradition of long term stability and not like at a lot of modern clubs where short term gains are more important. Again Moyes excels in this department, having managed for the best part of 11 years. This shows that Moyes thinks about the long term and therefore fits in with the tradition of the club, unlike Mourinho who prefers to do short, but successful stints at clubs.
Finally, as well as upholding the long-standing traditions at the club, it is worth noting that Moyes by all accounts is a respectful man and doesn’t actively seek controversy. This is in stark contrast to the Special One who often seeks it, more recently to his detriment and to a lesser extent to the club that he manages.
Having given my friend’s words a bit more of my time, I think it is safe to say Manchester United will be just ‘fine’!
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