David Moyes: Is he the right man for Manchester United?

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The whole world is still in shock at the decision from Sir Alex Ferguson to step down as Manchester United after an almost unrivalled 26 years of success in the modern game. 

However, the club wasted little time in announcing the dawning of a new era, with the unveiling of David Moyes as their new manager. 

He's been a Premier League manager for 11 years, only failing to finish outside the top half of the table in two of those full seasons, including an impressive Champions League qualification in 2005, and three consecutive Europa League entries from 2007-2009.

It's reported the Scotsman is already in the top 20 high earners in world football management, and is currently based at an almost commutable distance of 33 miles away in Merseyside.

Arise three-time LMA manager David Moyes, the man tasked with consolidating the success of Sir Alex, whilst developing his own brand on the red side of Manchester. Looking at five key points, we ask: is Moyes the right man to boldly lead United into a brave new era?

1. Hunger?

The Manchester United job has to be one of the most sought-after jobs in football, as one of the world's most supported, successful and wealthiest, with such a big history, any ambitious manager would want to add their name to the history books at Old Trafford.

Moyes has shown a real hunger in management, right from the start at Preston North End. In his second full season he managed to turn around the fortunes of the Lancashire outfit, from a lowly old Division Three side threatened with relegation in January 1998, to division champions in 2000.

Such was the early hunger for success he managed to almost drive Preston to the Premier League the next season, narrowly missing out to Bolton in the play-off final in 2001.

This ambition was recognised at Everton by Bill Kenwright bringing Moyes in to replace former Scotland and Rangers manager Walter Smith in March 2002. 

Speaking at the press conference he was unveiled as manager, he said: "It is a fantastic opportunity, something you dream about. I said 'yes' right away as it is such a big club."

This example of hunger has been evident in the element of consistency Moyes has achieved despite limited financial resources through hard work and shrewd tactical management.

Undoubtedly the level of hunger will need to be huge when Moyes fills the boots of Sir Alex, but the former does seem to have hunger in abundance still at the age of 50.

2. Loyalty?

It's quite incredible and unfathomable that a manager has lasted 26 years at such a high level, isn't it? Loyalty has always been seen as key by the Manchester United board exhibited through Matt Busby's 24-year reign from 1945-1969, and Moyes will only be the 10th managerial appointment at the club post World War II.

To put that into context, Real Madrid, another of Europe's elite, have appointed 47 managers in the same time period.

In his management career Moyes has shown great loyalty to Everton, sticking with them through good times and bad over the past 11 years, and only left Preston to join a much bigger club in Everton. After over ten years at Everton, who could blame him for joining United?

He's certainly proved himself as a loyal candidate to the board of selectors at Old Trafford, showing potential he would be willing and psychologically able to last it out in the long haul, potentially unlike many of the current elite crop suitors to the job. For example, for all his success, Jose Mourinho hasn't lasted longer than three years at any club he's managed.

3. Trophy winner? 

Problematically, the only trophy Moyes has actually won is the old Third Division league trophy as manager of Preston North End in 2000. He came close, as runners up in the old First Division play-offs in 2001, and again as runners up in the FA Cup in 2009 at Everton - but that major trophy eludes him as yet.

The results in European competition will be something Moyes will definitely need to brush up on, with the last six of the Europa League the furthest he has reached as Everton manager. As champions of England, his campaign will be jump started at the group stages of next season's Champions League.

Maybe it's the hunger as mentioned earlier in the article the selectors were looking for, rather than someone with a CV full of league and cup conquests. The desire to achieve may be seen as a higher appeal than a proven track record, and perhaps it's a little unfair to compare Moyes against some of his competitors considering the players and teams they have had the fortune to manage.

Ferguson has amassed 38 trophies at United so these are some shoes to fill.

4. Trust / Respect?

As Chelsea found out with Andre Villas-Boas, a successful manager must have the trust and respect of the whole dressing room. 

Without question, Moyes is highly respected at Goodison Park, and rightly so as he has proved himself a worthy manager, making mostly correct important decisions, achieving steady improvement, developing and taking players to the next level such as Leighton Baines, Jack Rodwell, Marouane Fellaini and let's not forget Wayne Rooney. 

The question will be can this continue in the transition of the Manchester United dressing room, full of club legends, household names and internationals earning over £100,000 per week? This has proved a stumbling block for managers installed in high profile positions for some time now.

5. Transfer market ability?

Moyes' top seven financial signings are as follows:

1. Marouane Fellaini: £15m | 2008

2. Yakubu: £11.25m | 2007

3. Andy Johnson: £8.6m | 2005

4. James Beattie, Leighton Baines, Johnny Heitinga, Nikica Jelavic: £6m

To look at these acquisitions a diverse range of success has been achieved. Fellaini has established himself as one of the key midfielders in Europe in his five years at the club, and Baines is regarded as one of the best left-backs in England - and has been, ironically, a target of Manchester United for some time now. Heitinga has also been a consistent performer for the club.

However, a theme is starting to build: of the high-profile strikers he's signed for larger transfer fees, three of four have failed to make a huge impact with the exclusion of Jelavic.

Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta were a great partnership established by Moyes for just £8m, and sold in their 30s at £11m. Pienaar, Jagielka and Howard could also be deemed as bargains.

Moyes has spent approximately £137m in transfer fees in 11 years at the club, an amount Manchester United have spent in just over three seasons. 

It's thought Moyes will have a much higher budget, but with the budget comes higher stakes. Just look at the albatross of the price tag with Fernando Torres.

How will Moyes cope dealing with the elite transfer dealings?

Considering all these aspects of the job, Moyes certainly has a tough time on his hands, but only time will tell if he is the right man for the job.

No pressure David, but the whole world will be watching.


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