There were lots of possible pieces I could have done on the news that David Moyes has been sacked as manager as Manchester United manager less than a season into his six year contract at Old Trafford. But I chose to write a post on what both he and The Red Devils do next…
Ryan Giggs has obviously been put in temporary charge until the end of the season, but the club have already announced that the Welshman will not be in contention to take over permanently, which is definitely the right option in my opinion. At this point in time, United need someone with experience, someone who can quickly gain the respect of the changing room, two things that Moyes did not have which ultimately led to his downfall.
Jurgen Klopp has already ruled himself out of the running for the job, leaving in my mind two managers that the club should look to appoint: Laurent Blanc of PSG and Netherlands’ Louis van Gaal. Despite looking set to claim the Ligue 1 title after winning the Coupe de France last weekend, PSG’s Champions League hopes were ended in the quarter-finals by Chelsea and there is speculation across the channel that Blanc could depart the capital at the end of the season. Even if he does not do so, I think The Red Devils should definitely look at appointing the Frenchman, who ended his playing career at Old Trafford with a spell between 2001 and 2003. The former manager of France and Bordeaux, where he also won the French league title, is a low-key figure but very well respected in the world game.
Moving onto van Gaal, who has also strongly been linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job, and is leaving his post as Netherlands manager after the World Cup, meaning he would join up with United quite late if appointed, which may present a slight problem. But he is definitely one to consider based on his experience and trophy haul.
He is known for his dictatorial approach and fierce discipline but his record of success over the years has made him one of the most respected coaches in world football. And, in the mould of Ferguson, he can be an abrasive figure with the media. One big plus in his favour would be a close relationship with United striker Robin van Persie after constant rumours that the striker was unimpressed with Moyes.
Looking ahead to next season for the club, investment on the pitch is obviously needed no matter who takes charge, with the centre of defence (where Nemanja Vidic is departing) and the midfield particularly in need of improvement. But money needs to spent wisely and if it is, The Red Devils will no doubt be back in the top four, not quite challenging for the title again, but they can certainly get themselves back in the Champions League for the 2015-16 season.
So what does Moyes do now? Where does he go? Where can he go? His reputation has taken an absolutely beating in his 10 months as United boss, but I still believe he is a good manager. He would never have been appointed at Old Trafford if he was a bad manager, and you can’t forget the fantastic job he did whilst at Everton. But whether other clubs will remember and look past his unsuccessful reign with The Red Devils, is questionable. Whether he will be back in a job by the beginning of next season is also debateable. One place where I think he could go is Newcastle United. Alan Pardew has to leave St. James’ Park in my opinion, and it is a club where Moyes can begin to rebuild his reputation with a squad that certainly isn’t terrible by all means, but have been shaken by their current manager’s touchline antics. The only question you would have is if Moyes has the confidence to get the team back on track whilst at the same time getting himself back on track – in an ideal world he would love to do both which is by no means impossible.
Of course The Scot’s spell at Old Trafford will never be forgotten, but he is only 50 years old, so has plenty of time to work his way back up to the top of British and/or European football. I believe that he is a very good manager but just came into the role at the wrong time, anyone replacing Sir Alex Ferguson was going to have a tough time, but he would never have been appointed in the first place if he wasn’t a decent manager, and you can’t forget that Fergie had an influence on Moyes’ instalment.
To end, I conclude that in the last 10 months, the confidence of both the Manchester United squad and David Moyes has taken a huge hit. It’s now a race to see who can recover first!