Dinosaurs that play together, stay together

Sean Lunt

David Moyes clash with BBC 5 Live reporter Vicki Sparks proves one thing; the Scot remains a dinosaur in modern football.

While the comments appear to be a joke and the reporter did not complain, they show a deep misunderstanding of the era in which Moyes now finds himself.

Moyes is only 53 years old but comments like these are more suited to someone from the 1950s.

This is not the first time this season Moyes has uttered something that shows he is a man with a mentality from a previous century.

Earlier this season he said he brought in Billy Jones to add ‘Britishness’ to his defence. It was something he repeated two weeks ago when asked why he had dropped record signing Didier Ndong from his team.

All of this just goes to further demonstrate how much of a bad decision it was for Sir Alex Ferguson to name Moyes as his successor at Manchester United.

In Moyes, Ferguson likely saw a lot of himself. He saw the same principles and beliefs that he had, also instilled in his fellow Scot.

Unfortunately, they don’t fit into the modern game. The Red Devils needed a forward-thinking, modern manager and instead, they got a dinosaur.

It was laughable that Sir Alex Ferguson even contemplated Moyes as his replacement, never mind advocated his hiring.

Of course, Moyes arrived at Old Trafford with a big reputation following his 11 years at Everton. There’s no denying he did well on Merseyside but the fact is, he didn’t reinvent the wheel while he was there.

His success at Goodison Park was built on old-fashioned football. Their best year, when Everton finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League, was with 1-0 victories.

Of their 18 wins that year, 14 of them were by one-goal margins. Nine were 1-0 victories. Hardly awe inspiring football and certainly not revolutionary.

The fact he’s not a modern thinker was discovered quickly in Manchester. United are still struggling to make up the backwards steps they took under his leadership.

Sunderland have suffered from his archaic thinking this season. For a short time, the use of 4-4-2 brought success but that came to a swift end with Victor Anichebe’s injuries.

After that, Moyes didn’t have a plan B. It’s why the Black Cats find themselves bottom of the Premier League and eight points from safety. They’re currently without a win since the beginning of February.

He was once thought of as the fresh, young manager British football needed ten years ago. That was never true. Moyes was simply an old-school manager in a new mould.

His time at Manchester United and now Sunderland demonstrate how out of touch he is. Coupled with these ridiculous comments and he’s embarrassing.

You wouldn’t find the modern coaches such as Klopp or Guardiola, even Mourinho, joking about hitting a woman.

Ferguson must be watching on and wondering how he got it so wrong. It’s a joke that United considered Moyes as ‘the Chosen One’ not long ago.

 

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