Its official, David Moyes is no longer the manager of Manchester United. His spell lasted only two hundred and ninety five days.
Judging from Twitter and Facebook etc, I usually spoke for myself when I said I wanted him to stay and to be given more time. Despite this, I had always said he was never the right man for the job. He was, however, chosen by arguably the greatest manager in the history of football, to take the club forward and lead us to more success. After a dreadful season many grew impatient and in the end, so did the club and its owners.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have a say in deciding which manager should replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, after the former Everton manager was specifically appointed on his advice, only to fail miserably and being sacked just 10 months into his United career.
Since Moyes was relieved of his duties yesterday, two managers have already ruled themselves out of the running, with Pep Guardiola stating that he’s determined to remain at Bayern Munich for at least another two seasons, while Jurgen Klopp, who would have been the perfect choice for United, has made clear he has no intentions of leaving Dortmund.
Gary Neville has attacked the club over their handling of David Moyes’ sacking, as he claimed that the way the United’s hierarchy managed the situation portrayed the club in the wrong way.
Moyes was handed his P45 this morning, as United finally run out of patience with the man to whom they had given a six-year contract 10 months ago and who has overseen one of the worst season United have endure in the last three decades. Neville, however, insisted that while Moyes didn’t help himself, the players and the club should take a long, hard look at themselves.
At long last a beacon of sensibility managed to shine through the curtain of ineptitude and amateurism that had blanketed over United for the last nine months.
David Moyes has gone and with him, hopefully, so have the dire, turgid football United have served up for the last nine months, the defeatism which seemed to permeate the club from top to bottom and the catastrophically bad press conferences which made Moyes look like a rabbit caught in the headlight.
So we have, at last, all been put out of our misery.
By ‘all’, I mean the fans, players and certainly David Moyes. The air of inevitability surrounding the defeat to Everton at the weekend was a step too far for the hierarchy at the club who have, at long last, pulled the plug on what has been an outright disaster for the Scotsman.
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, United managed to lower their standards even further and yesterday’s shambolic display away at Everton summed up our season: flat, gutless, shocking.
It’s hard to draw any lesson at all from such an atrociously poor performance, but here’s five things we’ve learnt.
David Moyes might have endured a dismal inaugural campaign at Old Trafford, but by now the United manager must have earned at least two life-times worth of air miles, given the regularity with which he flies across the continent to scout potential transfer targets.
Moyes was at it again yesterday, as he flew to Lisbon for the semifinal of the Portuguese Cup between Benfica and Porto, where he apparently scouted three of the many “top targets” he has on his book ahead of the summer.
Southampton’s left-back Luke Shaw could be David Moyes’ first signing of the summer, with reports suggesting that United are confident to clinch a deal, thought to be worth around £30m, for the 18-year-old England international.
Shaw has been hugely impressive for Southampton this season, winning his first England cap and forcing himself into contention for a place in the World Cup squad, all while emerging as one of the brightest talents in English football and attracting interest from a host of big clubs.