Pundit opinions on sacking David Moyes don't matter

Everyone has an opinion on Manchester United sacking David Moyes, including myself. But the simple fact is, the players, pundits, fans, and even the man himself do not have any input on what happens at a club. The only people that do, are the clubs owners.

After Moyes’ sacking this week, Sky Sports pundit, Chris Kamara said the club “lacked dignity” in the way Manchester United handled it all. He said “There was 12 hours of rumors and that’s what made the club come out on Tuesday morning and announce it because they were starting to look a bit stupid.” What if United were still in talks with Moyes over the parting of each other? What things weren’t finalised? Is it a football club’s obligation to inform the world of their every move and what is being discussed internally within the club? No.

United announced the sacking around 12 hours after the initial rumors started last Monday evening. Kamara goes on in his rant, to say that Moyes’ family would have been wondering what was happening, I am sure the Scot will have filled them all in, seeing as he was in talks with the United board all day.

In November 2012, Chelsea sacked Roberto Di Matteo, six months after he unbelievably delivered them the Champions League trophy. A task no other manager has succeeded in doing for the Blues, even the Special One. A lot of people also forget that, as well as winning the Champions League, Di Matteo also masterminded an FA Cup Final victory for Chelsea. Two trophies, within three months of being manager and they fire him, sitting 3rd in the Premier League, four points off the top. This is what you call ‘lacking dignity’.

Other examples of clubs ‘lacking dignity’ and treating their manager like something they have just trodden on, recently, are Cardiff City, firing Malky Mackay after he took them to the Premier League and Tottenham offering Tim Sherwood an 18-month contract, then telling him he will be sacked come the end of the season. Sherwood has 10 wins from 17 league games since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas, a 58% win rate which is better than any of his Spurs predecessors in the Premier League. Why offer the man an 18 month contract if you are going to send him packing after six months? He has brought youngsters through such as Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb, who have been excellent and has maintained Spurs run of getting into Europe next season. What did the Spurs board expect when they gave him the job? To win the league?

Other pundits in the football world, such as former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville have gone to say that the now ex Manchester United manager should have been given more time to build his own team and that the players have been well below par this season, however could United trust Moyes with the large amount of money to buy new players in the summer? After all his first signing, £27 million flop Marouane Fellaini, doesn’t inspire you to ask Moyes to do your shopping for you does it?

The players have underperformed at United this year, but they have been guided how to play by Moyes and his own coaches that he brought in, instead of keeping some of Ferguson’s trusted men from previous league winning campaigns. His ability to never select the same starting 11 all season, suggested he didn’t know his best team and that was another hindrance for the players.

As much as people wanted Moyes to succeed at Old Trafford, the Manchester United board had very little option to send him packing after the abysmal performance at Everton. The board have come in for a lot of criticism over the last week, but everyone that has an opinion on it needs to think, what would I do if it was my club? Give the man millions of pounds to build his own team for them to perform the same next year? What if they are in the same position? People would be saying the new players need a season to adjust. It could only go on for so long.

 

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