After a very turbulent season, and another loss to his former club, Everton, David Moyes was sacked. Ryan Giggs will take over the club as a player-manager, and finish this dreadful season, in which United broke many negative records.
Moyes had a 6-year-contract, which was terminated at the right time to cut the losses. Throughout the season, the support of the board was never in question, and even though results were bad, all club structures acknowledged that Moyes has had a very difficult and painful task of rejuvenating a squad full of veterans, who don’t have suitable replacements. There were indications that Moyes will get another chance in the next season to prove his worth, and 200 million pounds for transfers, so he could design his own United. But, the second loss to Everton in this season was the thing which convinced the Manchester United board that Moyes doesn’t have the capacity to lead this club, so they sacked him only 3 games before the end of the season. Ironically, Everton brought him the chance to lead Manchester United, and Everton took it from him.
Moyes, of course, had done a torrid job in this season, but it is fair to ask – Is it really only his fault? Many ManUtd fans are stating that he took over champions, and failed miserably. It is correct, when we look only at the numbers. But it should be said that the team consisted of a lot of veterans, and some transfer flops which Sir Alex Ferguson made. Last season was the swan song of that team, and Ferguson knew that, so he retired in the best possible moment for him, and left the “hot seat” for Moyes. Many injuries have occurred, United didn’t have enough luck in some matches, so it is the question whether or not even Sir Alex Ferguson himself could have done a lot better than Moyes.
Therefore, it is a pity that Moyes didn’t get a second chance to prove his worth, especially when we look at Ferguson’s start in United, which was worse than Moyes’.
It is clear that the sacking of the Scotsman has to do with cutting losses. It is well known that the Glazers are market-oriented, so they made a prediction that Manchester will lose more and more because Moyes is in charge, and decided to terminate his contract.
He clearly didn’t live up to expectations, but we must say that this decision is harsh and unfair. He was sacked 3 games before the end of the season, and he didn’t get another chance to really try to implement his own ideas and create the team which he wanted. He inherited a deteriorating team, couldn’t get them to rise up to the challenge, and United will probably finish 7th. It is interesting to compare this result with Brendan Rodgers’, and with his output in Liverpool. He also finished under the spot which leads into the European competitions, but now, he is a most likely winner of the historic title for Liverpool. So, maybe this decision was too rash…