David Moyes: Can He Step Up And Fill Fergie’s Boots?

By on August 4, 2013

With David Moyes set to take charge of his first season in charge of Manchester United, writer ‘SignHimUp’ looks at whether he can make the step up from managing Everton.

David Moyes

Much has been spoken about Moyes’ inexperience in Europe, and his frankly dismal record against the top four, and over the last month his doubters have been fuelled with yet more ammunition. One win in four on tour is little to be concerned about itself, but Moyes’ transfer dealings (or lack of) give little encouragement.

His failure to land any ‘big’ names this summer is frightening to some United fans, but fear not, there is still time left. Moyes understands all too well the need for a marquee signing, the problem is, players aren’t jumping for a move to Manchester anymore. Whilst it used to be the case that almost anyone would do anything to force a move if United were interested, times have changed and it seems Moyes is in trouble. The biggest difference between Moyes and Ferguson is that Ferguson had worldwide respect and command, built up over decades of success. Moyes could easily have this too, but he needs to earn it.

If you were a player, David Moyes ringing you up saying ‘I want you to play for me’, is a completely different experience to THE Sir Alex Ferguson ringing you up and saying the same thing. That’s Moyes’ biggest problem, he’s living in Sir Alex’s shadow, which is unavoidable, but the fact the two are so similar helps little if not hinders Moyes. He has a tough season ahead.

Perhaps Moyes is the right man. United do need someone similar because of the astronomical changes following Sir Alex’s retirement, but with this comes the lurking shadow of the former manager, from under which Moyes must step out. A trophy this season is a must for Moyes, whilst winning Premier League will be tough, it would guarantee his job for a few years, and more importantly, get the fans off his back.

Everton is where Moyes undeniably built up his reputation and the respect he receives from players and managers throughout the country; but if we take a short trip across Merseyside, memories of similar situation are still fresh on the minds of the Kop. Roy Hodgson, poached from Fulham by Liverpool and following in the footsteps of the club legend, Kenny Dalglish. A small club manager taking over from a club hero. Hodgson was sacked within six months. United will give Moyes more time than this, and there are clear differences between the two stories, but you’d forgive those at Old Trafford for sweating over the coming season. It’s interesting to note, however, that Hodgson went on to thrive at West Brom following his Liverpool sacking; some managers just aren’t cut out for the pressure of the big clubs.

But all is not lost. Moyes is undeniably a fantastic manager, operating on such a tight budget at Everton and yet still delivering top 7 football year in year out was a fantastic achievement.  His victory over his new employers at the start of last season shows he can, in fact, take on the best and win. This metaphorical ‘shadow’ is oft mentioned, but Moyes must be his own man, or risk falling into the same trap Wilf McGuinness did after the reign of Sir Matt Busby. Following on from Busby’s famous reign which included winning the First Division five times, McGuinness didn’t win a single league title, Busby’s shoes proved too big to fill.

Despite the massive summer signings United’s rivals have made, Moyes’ preseason record and the high expectations, Moyes can be successful, and I, like many believe he will be. Much stands in his way, but the Premier League title is not out of reach.

What do you think? Can Moyes step up? Will he retain the title? Leave a comment telling me what you think and why.

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5 Comments

  1. Pablo

    August 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I totally agree dat moyes is d perfect choice I voted him as fergies replacement long b4 d retirement was announced. D truth is dat he(moyes) would not make any signings unless Rooney leaves d club all d rumours are just to satisfy d fans. Moyes is goin to take a championship winning squad and manage dem in his own way wit his own tactics all dis talk of a centeral midfielder I feel in terms of teamwork Carrick is creative enough and have u ever seen d strong and pacey Valencia play center midfield if not I think u should watch him for Ecuador he would make a perfect ball winner would b played in d same shape as Chelsea Ramires. plus Anderson always perform better in a three man midfield cuz I doubt moyes is goin for two upfront like Fergie did lets all get behind moyes and let him work wit d players we have pressuring him to sign someone big might turn out to b a veron or djemba djemba. teamwork gave us d league last year wit some players havin their debut seasons dis years teamwork is goin to b phenomenal wit all d players pushing to impress. we should not and I repeat we should not sell nani he would b better off in a 4231 formation than 442 d only player dat should go is Rooney cuz of his sudden loss of team spirit until he proved otherwise he should go to let d team succeed other than him every other player should b given a chance different players perform differently under different managers and different formations I strongly believe d squad is good enough to defend d title and watch out for RVP in europe dis season.Still and always Man U 4 life!!!

  2. Jonesy

    August 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Moyes has one thing going for him…he knows he has to adapt to Utd. Mourinho or whoever else from the big names would expect the team to change to fit them.

    Give Moyes three seasons and he’ll bring through a team that sits on the top of the league unchallenged for years. Problem is that’ll be a season and a half more than he gets.

    • SignHimUp

      August 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Totally agree, but I think he’ll get more than two seasons, so long as he delivers Champions League football.

  3. Adinoyi David

    August 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Moyes would fail woefully if he does not buy a very good central midfielder, carrick for all the magic he performed last season can not man the midfield alone. Pirlo thrives on the support the likes of vidal and marchisio provides, pirlo wouldn’t be effective if not for this support. Only fergie in the whole football world can use such an average team to claim a title as he did last season, if moyeses plan is to deceive us all with fake transfer speculations and at the end not sign a player and now depend on this team for the season it will so back fire on him

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