Posts Tagged ‘david moyes’

Reluctantly right

April 29, 2017

Before a ball was kicked David Moyes said Sunderland were in a relegation battle. He’s been proved more than right, with Sunderland being relegated today. Obviously he’ll take no joy from correctly predicting this. With this in mind, when have you been reluctantly right?

When I was 12 I tried to retire from the school cricket team, mainly by not telling them that I was a decent player. It didn’t work as they found out that I’d played for Manchester boys and wouldn’t let me retire. Retiring when you are 25 and have played for England is something else; yet this is what Zafar Ansari has done.

In the build up to the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko fight there’s been no trash talk, no threats to put each other in a coma, no flying tables, no batman suits. Surely they’ve brought the boxing world into disrepute with their niceness. Fines should follow.

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Why would Alan Pardew leave Newcastle?

January 10, 2015

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I’ve heard pundits, journalists, experts asking why Alan Pardew would want to leave Newcastle. Do these people not remember that a couple of months ago a sizeable number of Newcastle fans made it clear that they wanted him gone. If we’re being honest he wasn’t that popular with the Geordies before then either. He was also the Premier League’s lowest paid manager (basic pay) whilst at Newcastle. Having said that, with Mike Ashley as your boss Pardew was lucky he wasn’t on a zero hour contract, just ask the employees at Sports Direct.

Talking of managers, it’s interesting how quickly fortunes change. Last season, Roberto Martinez was seen as a genius, bringing a brand of football to Everton that David Moyes could only dream of. This opinion was renforced  with Moyes struggling at Man Utd. At the time  of writing Martinez can’t buy a win (illegal) and people are questioning his credentials, whilst Moyes’ Real Sociedad just beat Barcelona.

And Finally…. This season there were FA Cup 3rd Round games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I can’t help thinking that if the FA were braver they would put a tie on everyday until the Final itself.

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Do Chelsea have enough goals in them?

August 15, 2014

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Chelsea are many people’s tip to win the Premier League. They are also the bookies favourite.

The one question I would throw out there is whether there’s enough goals in Costa, Torres and the returning Drogba. I know they have loads of attacking midfielders, Salah, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard but are Torres and Drogba good enough as the back up strikers?

Jose Mourinho is obviously a fan of Drogba who at his best was big, strong, good in the air and scored goals, which is why it is odd that he never fancied Lukaku, who at his best is big, strong, good in the air and scores goals.

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Has London made me soft?

April 24, 2014

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New Man Utd managers are like London Buses, you wait ages for one and then 2 come along in short succession.

I’m not a Man Utd fan, nor am I an apologist for David Moyes but by the end of his time at Old Trafford I felt sorry for him. Maybe I’ve gone soft after living in London for the last few years, or perhaps I’ve learnt I don’t like watching a man out of his depth.

Moyes appeared to be living a classic anxiety dream, where nothing he did, changed his situation for the better, not even signing Marouane Fellaini.

Even things out of his control went against him, mainly Everton playing free-flowing football and challenging for a top four finish in his absence.

With Ryan Giggs coming in as an interim manager, there are some football romantics who would like to see him get the job full-time. I would counter this by suggesting that the one thing Man Utd don’t need in the situation they find themselves is a novice manager.

The madness of the Premier League does however mean that Giggs’s first game as a manager vs Norwich puts him up against a manager with a mighty 2 games of experience.

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Jobs for the Moyes

January 5, 2014

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You didn’t have to be a genius to think that David Moyes would struggle after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, which can be proven by some of things I said about the appointment in a blog post back in May 2013.

Below are extracts from the blog post in May 2013, titled My Tribute to Sir Alex

I think the biggest honour Man Utd could have bestowed upon him (Alex Ferguson), would have been to retire the position of manager. Although some (not me of course) may suggest appointing David Moyes as his successor goes some way towards this.

It appears from the outside that Moyes got the job because “He’s cut from the same cloth”, which basically means he’s Glaswegian.

The appointment of Moyes does seem slightly odd, especially when you consider the Wigan manager has won more major trophies than the new Man Utd manager. It’s also odd in light of the fact, that Alex Ferguson knew he was leaving at Christmas, a time when Pep Guardiola was still on the market. To many Pep would have been closer to the calibre of manager expected to walk through the doors at Old Trafford. By appointing David Moyes, it’s almost as if the Glazers have gone for a cheaper option, one that is used to working within the confines of a budget. I’m sure this wouldn’t have crossed the minds of the Glazers.

I’m sure if Moyes were a foreign manager, who’d won no major trophies and had no pedigree in Europe, the press would have ridiculed his appointment, but for some reason, these minor details have been pretty much ignored.

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Changing opinions

November 16, 2013

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Last year, whilst manager of Everton, David Moyes had this to say about diving.

“What it will do is turn the supporters away from football because they [players who dive] are very good at it.”

He went on to say, “But I would hope if I got one who did [dive] I would be big enough to say: Would you please stay on your feet and stop going down easy.”

Yet a year later, with the general consensus that Ashley Young went down far too easily to win a penalty against Real Sociedad, Moyes adopted a slightly different approach, saying, “I have seen it and the boy certainly tugs him in the box.”

Has David Moyes changed his views on diving and if so what has happened within the last year for him to do so?

Talking of changes in opinion, back in January, Nigel Adkins was sacked as Southampton manager. At the time there was some unease amongst the Southampton fans with the decision as Adkins was popular and two days before his sacking Southampton had drawn 2-2 away at Chelsea. Less than a year on and Southampton are flying and are currently 3rd in the league, with this in mind I was wondering if there are any Southampton fans who still think Adkins sacking was the wrong move. Feel free to contact me via the comments button.

And Finally… to Roy Keane, the new assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland. I don’t think I’ve read an article about his appointment that hasn’t mentioned that as a player he walked out of the Irish World Cup squad. People need to get over this. That was in 2002, that’s almost 12 years ago. We’re all different people than we were 12 years ago. I certainly am. Twelve years ago I was in my mid-late 20s and had hope and aspirations and now…

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