Dangers await David Moyes
The news of David Moyes's appointment as successor to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United shook the whole football world.
That was not because he is not good enough but because the iconic, legendary manager, Sir Ferguson, was finally hanging up his coaching boots!
Who is David Moyes?
David Moyes is one of the best coaches/managers in the English Premier League. He is a 50-year-old Scottish manager and has been in charge as manager of Everton for 11 years. He’s one of the longest lasting coaches in this club or in any modern club/league in Europe.
In 11 years as manager of Everton he has, with relatively lean resources, kept this club up in the Premier League and achieved some remarkable landmarks at the club. Under Moyes, Everton qualified for the Champions League in 2005 and reached the FA Cup final in 2009. He was voted the 2003, 2005 and 2009 League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year.
Moyes is the third-longest serving manager in the Premier League and the English football league system as a whole, behind Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
Knowing how Manchester United is meticulous with its management and setup in general, Moyes's appointment was definitely well thought out and had been rumoured for years.
MOYES AT EVERTON
The balance sheet of Moyes's tenure at Everton is really a mixed fortune one. He has had successes, as shown by the Champions League qualifications of 2005 and respectable finishes in the first half of the Premier League. He has also had narrow escapes with relegation battles and turbulent seasons. Through it all, the club kept its faith in him and hence his long tenure.
DANGERS AT MANCHESTER UNITED
Past History: Sir Alex Ferguson did not only mould Manchester United into a great English, European or world team but built an empire of a club in Manchester United. It is an empire that the world has gotten used to seeing win the Premier league at least once in every two years or fight for the title till the very end. The club plays very attractive and imposing football, leads and doesn’t follow and is a force in European football. Nothing less will be acceptable to its fans.
Lack of Financial Excuses: Manchester United is not Everton. Money is available to buy stars and achieve star results. Moyes must deliver and win titles immediately.
Immediate Success Is Expected: The honeymoon is put to the test before the league season kicks off when Manchester United, league winners of 2013, take on Manchester City or Wigan United, Cup winners for the 2013 Charity Shield in the summer. For obvious reasons I hope he doesn't lose to Manchester City.
Time will not be given to Moyes to adapt into his new role and hence he has to start in a sprint and produce results in style.
The Presence of Living Legend Sir Ferguson: The problem with living legends and their successors is they are still living. Having been the sole face the fans and the world have known on the bench in Manchester United for decades, Sir Alex Ferguson is a living legend whose presence is still going to always hover over David Moyes's head.
Comparisons will be incessant and unfair.
Star Player Management: Manchester United is a gigantic club with gigantic ego players. The judicious management of these star players by Ferguson has been one of the reasons why this club has prospered exceptionally in the past two-and-a-half decades. Remember the shoe-throwing allegation by Ferguson that cut David Beckham's eyelid and eventually sent him packing?
At Everton, Moyes dealt with relatively 'lesser-valued' players. How he deals with players like Rooney, Vidic and Ryan Giggs will help determine on how successful he will be.
In Summary: Records are made to be broken and though Sir Ferguson’s legacy will be a hard act to follow, Moyes has no choice but to draw his own map and write his own legacy.
Definitely it will not be easy but at this club he not only has tradition, culture and die-hard fans to count on but he has all the tools necessary to succeed. We wish him and Manchester United fans good luck as they open the next chapter in their illustrious history book.