Why David Beckham hiring Moyes to manage Miami is a bad idea for both sides

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Recent reports have suggested David Moyes could reignite his managerial career with David Beckham's Miami franchise in MLS.

David Beckham apparently wants the former Manchester United manager to take the head coaching role when he gets the Miami team up and running.

But would the move be a good idea? For either Moyes or Major League Soccer?

All signs seem to point to a unanimous no.

The first major stumbling block, which many of the reports seem to brush over, is the fact that Beckham's team would not debut in MLS until 2017.

With their first fixture not set to take place for almost three years it would seem highly unlikely that Moyes would be willing to prolong his managerial exodus for such a lengthy period - even if he has expressed a desire to travel and learn the game at some point. Whilst taking another job to fill the time would be impossible.

Not even today's trigger-happy owners would be willing to hand out a contract to a manager they knew had agreed to fill a vacancy with another team down the line.

While a time away from the British game after a troublesome period on home soil has helped other managers from the United Kingdom, most notably Steve McClaren's stint in charge of FC Twente following his tumultuous reign as England national team manager, that is not what is needed for the Scot.

Yes his time as Manchester United manager was not one that will be looked back on fondly, either by himself or the United fan base, but the sooner he can get back into management the better so as to improve his reputation before the damage is irreparable.

Waiting until 2017 to team up with Becks does not fit under that job description. 

Had Beckham's Miami franchise been ready to go for the 2015 MLS season, as with New York City FC, then it may have made sense for Moyes to spend the next few months away from the game before rebuilding in a new environment away from the glare of the British media.

As that is not the case it makes very little sense for Moyes to prolong his exodus from the game, a decision which would only intensify people's doubts in his ability.

And what of the MLS? Would greeting David Moyes be a good move for the league, and more specifically one of the new, bright hopes in the form of the Miami franchise?

Again this is questionable.

Moyes undoubtedly is a talented manager and coach, you just have to look at his successful spell with Everton in the EPL for proof, but is he the kind of marquee addition that would blow the socks off MLS fans and those looking in?


The league are on the search for people still at the height of their powers and have done well to bring in David Villa fresh of the back of a La Liga title and Champions League runners up medal. 

Major League Soccer is an ever expanding brand in North America and, in order to maintain that against the constant glare of European football, a consistent flow of new, high-profile arrivals is preferable but unfortunately at this point David Moyes is tainted goods.

With Manchester United such a global brand, his achievements, or lack-of, during his time at Old Trafford are big news everywhere and as such there could not be a worse time to think about bringing him into the league with the US home to so many aware of his ill-faited time with the EPL giant.

Plus, the whole point of the new franchises entering the league in the coming years, ranging from New York City FC and Beckham's Miami, to new Orlando and Atlanta teams, is to show the US audience that the domestic game is alive and well.

David Beckham should therefore follow a path trodden by his former rivals Manchester City. As part owners of NYCFC, City have welcomed in Jason Kreiss from Real Salt Lake.

A seven year MLS veteran on the sidelines, the American has spent the past few months under the tutelage of coaches at Man City and at 41-years-old represents a commitment to nurturing North American talent on and off the field.

Hiring Moyes in Miami would not do this.

While it remains to be seen whether these rumors have any substance, if they do then both sides need to step away from negotiations now because this partnership has no future.

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