Manchester United Balls: What The Experts Said When David Moyes Was Made Manager
DAVID Moyes has been a poor manager at Manchester United. But what did the experts say when he was appointed to the job?
Sir Alex Ferguson:
“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes. David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of Assistant Manager here. He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this Club.”
Man United press office:
“I have always said that we wanted the next manager to be a genuine Manchester United man. In David Moyes, we have someone who understands the things that make this such a special club. We have secured a man who is committed to the long-term and will build teams for the future as well as now. Stability breeds success… At United, I think David will be able to express himself. I’m delighted he has accepted and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
“I think Moyes will be open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and he’ll try to continue that and not come in and make changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club. I’m sure he is the right man to take us forward.”
Upon learning of the news, Mourinho called his sports agency Gestifute, and broke dowen in tears. “Mourinho wouldn’t stop calling them. His ‘interlocutors’ had heard him sob loudly and they were spreading the word. The most feared man in the company was crushed.”
The claims, which have been denied by the Chelsea manager’s adviser, tell of Mourinho’s anguish when Sir Bobby Charlton hinted to his eye-gouging incident as a reason never to employ the 50-year-old.
Speaking to the Guardian last year, Charlton said: “A United coach wouldn’t do what he did to Tito Vilanova.”
“Yes, David Moyes would have actually been my choice. Bringing in foreigners, there’s always a risk of them not settling down.
“People talked about Jose Mourinho – but he never stays anywhere for more than three or four years. And when you have just had someone who has been there for 27, you look a bit beyond three or four.”
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“I think Moyes is a very sound choice and probably the least disruptive. A huge challenge though, and a very different job. If I were in charge of Everton I’d go for Martin O’Neill. But I’m not.”
“I’ve seen some appointments in the last two years which, for me, show the nature of the modern world – a populist, short-term fix. Manchester United do not operate that way. They have an element of sense and they have always had that throughout the last 50 to 60 years.”
“I think it’s a fantastic appointment. He has a near identical work ethic, character, competitiveness to that of Sir Alex but he’s got that longevity at Everton – to build a club and sustain that success year in, year out, at their level. The key thing is he will have Sir Alex at the side of him and if they get on, as I know they do, it’s the master and the apprentice. He has to be open to that help. The experience Sir Alex has got will be invaluable.”
“I’m sure that being available for the new man he will be a godsend in that respect because there is nothing he doesn’t know about football and Manchester United.”
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“You can look at Moyes and say, ‘this guy knows how to stay in a job for more than three years.”
Told yer so…