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David Moyes: The Chosen One or False Prophet?

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, news had arose that Manchester United had removed David Moyes from its helm by sacking him as manager following a 2-0 defeat to his former club Everton. Let’s look at why the ‘Chosen One’ has been revealed to be a false prophet all along.

When one thinks of Manchester United, you generally think of the success that has followed the club over the years, 20 league titles, 3 European Cups, 11 FA Cups. Managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby have become synonymous with the club, with fans wanting the next manager to replicate their achievements.

David Moyes has managed three teams throughout his entire managerial career; Preston North End, Everton and most recently Manchester United. He has 16 years of managerial experience under his belt, having only won one trophy, the Division Two Title that he won with Preston back in the 1999/2000 season.

His greatest achievement to date is arguably guiding Everton to a Champions League spot in 2005. If not that then drawing 1-1 with one of Europe’s strongest sides, Bayern Munich, in the first leg of their Champions League Quarter-Final at Old Trafford.

The big question is, why would the most successful club in England hire a man who has barely achieved anything in his 16 years of management? When Alex Ferguson was appointed as the manager of Manchester United he had already won 3 Scottish Premier Division trophies with Aberdeen, along with 4 Scottish Cups, a UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup. He had already proven himself as a top manager at Aberdeen. This is why Manchester United hired him, believing him to be the man that would help them relive their glory days, which he eventually did becoming one of the most decorated managers in Europe along the way.

Only a few years before his retirement, many speculated that Sir Alex would pass the torch to someone such as José Mourinho, a very plausible thought.The Portuguese is one of the greatest managers to have ever graced the game, managing some of the biggest clubs in Europe; Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, tasting success wherever he goes, the ideal candidate for Ferguson’s replacement.

Moyes’ Manchester United career got off to a healthy start, winning the Community Shield with a 2-0 win over FA Cup winners Wigan. This was Moyes’ first and only piece of silverware at United. The following week he started his Premier League campaign with a 4-1 victory over Swansea. Unfortunately, things slowly began to go downhill following a 1-0 defeat to age-old rivals Liverpool and then a 4-1 loss two weeks later to neighbors Manchester City.

Throughout the course of the season support for Moyes began to diminish with fans beginning to chant “Moyes Out”. After failing to defeat his old club Everton last week it became apparent that the Scot’s sacking was imminent.

The big question now is who will take the helm in his absence? Managers such as Louis van Gaal, Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone have been mentioned but nothing is certain as of yet with Ryan Giggs acting as interim manager until the end of the season.

United fans will certainly be hoping for a manager who has reached the top of the mountain before, not someone who is climbing Everest for the first time in their career.

Paul Brennan, Pundit Arena.

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