After 11 miserable months, #DavidMoyes has finally been relieved of his struggles – he is no longer the coach of #ManchesterUnited with #RyanGiggs taking over for the last 4 games of this season. Moyes is a good man and a decent coach but #AlexFerguson did him no favors by anointing him as his replacement – the ‘Chosen One’ to lead one of the biggest sports teams in the world, with the single largest fan following in the world, a brand that along-with #Barcelona is probably the most ubiquitous in the world of soccer and a team of Champions (albeit one that was aging fast), who are used to winning, even against superior opposition. (Sir Alex made this team punch way above it’s weight class for about 5 years now – somehow). Moyes, a coach with decent results in his 11 years at #Everton showed little ambition, little technical nous, little PR and media savvy and clearly lost his dressing room way before United’s season had ended in dismal failure. His training sessions were pre-historic according to insiders and he trained to defend against every opponent, rather than train to destroy every opponent. At Everton, it worked. A mid-table team, kept mid-table by stoic and determined performances. But the shackles were always on. (Look what #Martinez did with that same Everton team once he allowed them to play) At United that was disastrous. A team that lived by the philosophy of ‘You score if you can, we’ll just score one more’ plunged into an approach of ‘Let’s not concede’ could not survive.
So who comes in? The most likely candidate (mainly because he’s available) is #VanGaal, the current Dutch National Coach. He’s very good with a ton of great pedigree. There’s the fans choice of Jurgen Klopp, who would be fantastic but he is a fiercely loyal man who is committed to the fabulous #Dortmund till 2018. United would love to have #PepGuardiola but they missed their chance last year and now he’s well committed to the mighty Bavarians. #DiegoSimeone is in the mix. He’s trying currently to take #Atleti to a #ChampionsLeague and #LaLiga double and finally, there’s the stable and much proven #Ancelotti who might do a double at #RealMadrid and still not feel the love of a very fickle Board. Either ways, the poison chalice is out of the way now. Whoever comes in next will have Moyes’ record to improve on and not the extreme success of Sir Alex. Now it truly is football’s top job!