News reached as far here in Dubai that the chosen one David Moyes was less than 24 hours from the sack on Monday evening.
It was then confirmed Tuesday morning that the 50 year old scot was going to join the 2.2 million unemployed in the UK.
You could argue that it’s not a surprise that the former Preston and Everton boss was dismissed after United worst season in almost three decades, the Red devils will now miss out on Champions League football for the first time since 1995 and are in serious danger of missing out on European competition altogether for the first time since 1990…YES 1990!!!
Let’s look at some Moyles lows this season:
- Defeated in Champions League quarter-final by the powerful Bayern Munich (better sides than united will be beaten by the Munich giants though)
- Beaten in League Cup semi-final by Sunderland who have hardly set the world on fire this season
- Lost at home to Swansea in the third round of the FA Cup (which whilst embarrassing isn’t that bad)
- Five points from a possible 24 against the current Premier League top four of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal
- Defeat against former club Everton confirmed the Old Trafford side will miss out on Champions League for first time in 18 seasons.
All that said though you expected the Old Trafford board to give Moyes at least a season in charge, sacking him with four games to go in a season where next to nothing can be achieved now seems pointless.
Taking over from a colossus of a manager like Sir Alex Ferguson would be tough for anyone to do, some said that the former Goodison Park boss having never won a trophy and not managed such a high profile club before made it even harder for him.
It has been rumoured that Moyes lost the dressing room, Anderson saying other players wanted out of the club when he moved to Florence on loan, Rio Ferdinand said he named the team last minute and RVP said to many players were occupying the position he liked to play in…and that’s just the ones who have gone public.
He then lost the fans shown by the fly by banner protest and some rather unsavoury booing and chanting at games.
All manner of mangers have now been linked to the role like long term Spurs target Louis Van Gaal, Dortmund’s Jürgen Klopp and Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian Manager Diego Simeone the latest names but as of today the Welshman Ryan Giggs has been appointed as interim player coach.
Could the Cardiff born 40 year old be given a crack at it full time, doubt it but he has four (rather pointless) games to show his credentials.
The manager after the one after Fergie was always gonna get an easier run at it…even more so now as whoever comes in surely wont do as bad a job as Moyes…will they??