COMMENTARY | Manchester United didn’t wait long to hire their next manager. On Thursday, May 9, the club announced that current Everton manager David Moyes will take over the Red Devils this summer.
Moyes made it clear who was responsible for him getting the job.
“It’s a great honor to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United,” Moyes said in a statement. ”I am delighted that Sir Alex [Ferguson] saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the football club.”
That’s right, current manager Sir Alex Ferguson recommended Moyes to take over the club, and it’s easy to see why. Moyes and Ferguson are cut from a similar cloth. They are both from Scotland, and they both have fiery personalities. The two men are solid talent evaluators who have managed to be successful in situations where the odds weren’t always in their favor. Ferguson and Moyes both know how to build team chemistry with a variety of personalities.
At this point, the only real difference between the two managers is Ferguson’s overall success on the pitch. He won 39 trophies while leading Manchester United, including two Champions League titles and 13 English championships. Moyes, on the other hand, has just one Champions League berth and a few top-10 finishes on his record.
The the situation at Everton over the past decade was quite different than what Ferguson had to deal with at Manchester United. Moyes had to operate on a light budget at Everton throughout his tenure there. He’s often had no transfer money allotted to his summer budget, even when the club has sold players. Everton’s ability to remain in the upper mid-table of the Premier League throughout the past decade is a testament to Moyes. He is truly one of the best managers in the world.
Moyes won’t have an unlimited budget at Manchester United; the club is $572 million in debt. However, Moyes will have much more money to spend at Old Trafford than he ever did at Mercyside. I believe that he has the structured personality and intelligence to be successful with Manchester United, even with his limited experience in European competition.
If anything, the biggest problem Moyes will face as the team’s manager will be the fanbase. It’s going to take some time for the players to adjust to their new manager, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Moyes has a couple of rough campaigns. If that happens, Manchester United must give Moyes a chance to turn the corner.
It took Ferguson a couple seasons to put everything together at Old Trafford, and Moyes deserves the same opportunity. Manchester United’s fanbase is used to success, and it will call for Moyes’ firing if he doesn’t produce a trophy within his first two years. That’s just how it is with Manchester United; the Red Devils are expected to win.
However, if Moyes is going to be successful, the fans and the club’s board of directors need to be patient. I’m not saying they need to wait the entire duration of his six-year contract, but Moyes does deserve some time to adjust. It’s incredibly difficult to replace a legend, and holding Moyes’s feet to the fire won’t help anything.
There are fans who believe that the Manchester United made the wrong decision. I understand that they are looking at Moyes’s resume and noting that he has never won a trophy. Yet that’s not going to change anything now. Moyes is the manager of Manchester United, and he is an outstanding candidate, despite the lack of silverware on his record. He deserves every opportunity to succeed at Old Trafford.
Derek Ciapala has been following Manchester United since childhood. He has been published on Yahoo! Sports, UltimateApocalypse.com and multiple other websites. You can check him out on Facebook or Twitter @dciapala.