The decision to replace Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes was one that shook the footballing world. One was the most successful manager English football had ever seen, whereas the other hadn’t ever won a trophy.
Ferguson was sure that Moyes was the right man for the job though and that there was a sound enough set up at the club to allow the new manager to be successful.
Moyes has repeatedly claimed that he didn’t deserve to be sacked but it’s hard for anyone to support this claim.
Nobody expected Moyes to win the league in his first season, but the suggestion that he didn’t thoroughly deserve to lose his job after finishing seventh in the league is ludicrous. Does Moyes honestly think people will be convinced that his squad was worse than all the sides who finished above United, like Everton or Tottenham?
One of the huge mistakes Moyes made in leading the champions at the time to such a decline was getting rid of all the backroom staff.
The transition from losing a manager who had been at the club for almost three decades was massive enough, without then clearing out all the people who knew the players inside out.
Ferguson has updated his recent autobiography and hinted that Moyes made a mistake in appointing all of his own people for the roles behind the scenes.
‘Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system,’ he said. ‘I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.’
In contrast, new manager Louis van Gaal made Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs his assistant manager, in a bid to use his experience.
The reaction to Giggs’ appointment as interim manager towards the end of last season was fantastic, so Van Gaal knew that in the Welshman he had someone who commanded the respect of the dressing room.
In his book, Ferguson called Giggs’ appointment ‘a terrific decision’.
Louis could help Giggs learn about this business; Ryan could help Louis in understanding the inner workings of United.
Van Gaal hasn’t got off to a brilliant start at United but the foundations he has laid already seem to be more successful than the previous manager’s. At least, Ferguson seems to think so.