I’ll start with a cliché. Silly season.
Previously level-headed United bloggers/journalists/fans have quite literally lost their marbles in recent weeks.
Sure, nobody likes losing, but the recent reactions to defeats pretty much gives license to opposing fans to grinningly nod and congratulate themselves with a “I knew it”. All United fans are spoilt, dependent, fair-weather creatures who simply can’t understand it when things just don’t go their way.
Have a look at the final league table from 2011/2012 . Have a look at who finished in 6th, 25 points off the top. It happens. Its transition. Its change. It DOES NOT necessarily call for doom laden proclamations involving Graeme Souness.
Think about your day job.
Think about the company you work for, who you might manage, or who you might report to.
Now think about your employer’s biggest competitive rival. A rival that has steamrolled competition for two decades.
Now think about going to work there, and being tasked with not just stamping your authority on a previously plutocratic sovereignty ($hit, whatever term you want to describe one trophy wealthy, peerless, completely controlling individual’s empire) and to flourish immediately.
It’s the one dreadful pundit cliché that stands. The impossible job.
And now let’s think about Ferguson himself. Was he born brilliant? Did he learn to be brilliant? Was the Aberdeen success a more comfortable pill to swallow two years into his disastrous United early years? Did that give him the time with the fans? Yes, a different era, different pressures, but im talking about the training required for the individual to guarantee some kind of longevity.
What does his dismal start tell you? He won a European trophy with Aberdeen? He usurped the Old Firm? Why the hell couldn’t he do better than 15th place, three years into his job!???
Lets look at that final table in 1989/1990. United were five points off relegation. So. What can we read into this? Sure, Moyes inherited a squad of Champions, but we all know its frailties, and don’t get me started on the performances of the elderly members of the current back-four… but Ferguson kept his job and was backed. And don’t bring up the FA Cup win, or Mark Robins.
Facts are facts, after three years Ferguson got everything wrong. Finishing 13th, and five points off relegation was disastrous. I remember it.
What happened next? The board stuck with him, whilst also allowing him to splash out a then huge amount of cash on Wallace, Pallister, Ince and Webb. And finally it all turned around.
So what am I trying to say here? Essentially, it’s not about David Moyes individually, it’s about the culture of the club. If we want Manchester United to be in genuine trophy contention, yearly, in these modern times, then we have to follow the sack/hire/sack model of City and Chelsea. Fact. And even then you can’t guard against a Chelsea final standing in 2011/12.
Or, we stick to our beliefs. And stick with our man. And not trot out the ubiquitous “I can’t find one single positive since Moyes has been here” line. OF COURSE YOU CAN’T. YOU’RE NOT PRIVILEGED TO BE BEHIND THE SCENES EVERY DAY. I’d love to hear the bloggers/influencers comments on Ferguson’s mid-season 15th in 1989.
I’m sure there were a ton of positives there too….
This isn’t a DAVID MOYES IS THE RIGHT MAN, WE MUST STICK WITH HIM article. It’s a bigger picture than that. It’s not about him. It’s about a belief in prolonged success.
Clearly 87% of you want shot of him, and you’re entitled to that, but if he gets sacked before he has the chance to mobilise a beast of a company/structure like Manchester United, then Jurgen Klopp will be no different. And if Moyes is sacked, and Klopp (or anyone else) arrives, it’s too late then. The precedent is set. United are then one of those clubs, and you can kiss goodbye to such an incredible history .
Let’s try to ignore the modern-day arrogance of the Twitterati. They don’t know better than Moyes. If they did, they’d be millionaires running football clubs, not writing about them. There’s an inherent sociological reason as to why it will take Ferguson’s successor time. That’s a fact born outside of a chosen individual. To continue Ferguson’s work, and to even begin to make the current structure remain in place, we HAVE to have continuity.
That’s continuity in method, work and tradition.
Allow me to be one of the 13%. I genuinely believe it’s better to have a perceived “catastrophe” of 7th place for a couple of years if it continues everything Ferguson fought so hard for.
Glory hunting short-termism is the realm of the Sheik and the Oligarch. They can keep it.