After less than a full season in charge, David Moyes is sent packing as Manchester United manager after failing miserably to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Malcolm Glazer, Chairman of Manchester United football club must have been well aware some five years ago when they took control of the club, that the day would eventually dawn when Sir Alex Ferguson would call it quits as manager.
Glazer’s biggest test was to prepare for that day when undoubtedly the most successful manager in British club history would walk through the door at Old Trafford for the last time.
That day came in July of last year when Sir Alex eventually decided that enough was enough and he had to clear his desk and make way for a younger manager, with new ideas.
Sir Alex left the manager’s job at United on a relative high note having won the English Premier League for the thirteenth time during his 26 year tenure, despite having failed to make any real impression in the high-profile, big-money European Champions League for a number of years.
The Glazers, who have never been the most popular at Old Trafford, generally being regarded as being totally profit motivated and having very little interest in football or the rich conditions of the club, invited more than a few questions asked when it became public knowledge that Malcolm Glazer had asked Sir Alex to pick his own successor, instead of taking some of the responsibility on themselves.
On paper David Moyes looked like the ideal replacement for Sir Alex, having successfully managed Everton Football Club for close to ten seasons, although never winning a single trophy during that time.
The Glazers shied clear of a higher profile European-based manager, with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola among the names being mentioned as a more likely successor to Sir Alex, although they would have come a lot more expensive and demanded a considerably higher transfer budget than David Moyes did.
With the news just breaking the atmosphere of shock and uncertainty around the club is almost shattering, with temporary measures being taken till the end of the season, with veteran player Ryan Giggs being appointed as temporary manager till the end of the season.
The question on everyone’s lips is” Will the Glazers get off the fence at long last, and put some money back into the club? First to appoint a manager with trophy winning experience at one of Europe’s top clubs, and present him with a transfer budget sufficient to replace an aging and demoralized playing squad?
One thing for sure is that it will be an interesting few weeks and months in and around Old Trafford Manchester. More than it has been on the playing field all season.