Manchester United have lost two fixtures on their Asia Tour 2013 Presented by Aon, and already people are calling for David Moyes to get sacked. Are you kidding me? David Moyes has not even been on the job officially for an entire month yet and people are actually calling for his head on a platter because the Red Devils have lost two friendly fixtures. Silly, that!
People are so impatient, especially some of Manchester United’s supporters, and even some other sports writers out there. How does that make any sense? If people will stop and think for a quick moment before jumping to conclusions they will remember that Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t just walk into Old Trafford and start winning games for United back in his inaugural seasons. The magic was gradual, but in the end, the magic was grand indeed.
The very same will be said about David Moyes. Look at what he accomplished for Everton in the past 11 years. First, he managed to stay as manager for the past 11 seasons, providing that side a sense of constancy and continuity which is so very important in modern football. How often today do we see managers and coaches at clubs come and go seemingly as with the wind? How often is it that we see clubs with high turnover rates in their management and coaching staff seem to cling to the bottom tiers of the Premiere League table. How often do we see teams with such potential in their young lads find themselves facing the threat of relegation simply because they have had no constancy in their coaching and management teams?
It is all too common, especially now in these days, where the drive for fame and money has seemed to replace the love of the game, and the sport itself. Too often have we see teams which in their pasts have been title holders and trophy winners, and a source of pride for their communities become lost in the haze of obscurity and decay as each turnover of a new manager sees another layer of dust collect in their trophy case.
Then there was the lack of support from his clubs ownership. In the 11 years that Moyes was manager there, he was never offered any sort of real budget with which to purchase better players, or for him to make the changes that he needed. It still took 11 years for them to go from the bottom three of the league to the sixth on the table. Had Moyes had the proper support and the budget he had requested repeatedly, things might have looked a bit different in the Premiere League the past few years, and Everton might have been at least playing in the Champions League as well as in the top three of the Barclay’s Premiere League? That, for me, speaks to David Moyes strength and his character as a manager.
I think it is really sad for me to see so many people already calling for Moyes to get sacked, or that he can’t get it done, or any of the other utterly absurd things I have read today in the wake of United’s loss in Japan. For one, it’s not like this is a critical fixture that was to improve our standings in the Premiere League. It’s not like this was a do-or-die situation. This was a friendly fixture during an off season goodwill tour.
The fact that David Moyes has put forth all of the hard work he has done, investing it in a team and group of lads he believe d in, and did so for 11 years without fail is so telling. The fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has chosen Moyes specifically because of those traits should be reason enough for all Manchester United supporters to get behind Moyes and put our trust in him. Fergie time has come to an end and the Moyes era has begun. In the end, no one man is bigger than Manchester United. In the end, it’s the red and the white that are unending, and our love of our Red Devils.