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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Being a fan

The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Guardian and Mirror are all running opinion/news pieces with varying nuances on the theme that Sir Alex's mere presence in the director's box is a distraction/ is applying pressure on the current manager. 

All the articles saying that Moyes is being haunted by SAF are self indulgent pieces of non-sense. The British print media love going on small power trips just to see how much influence they have at various clubs, via fan associations, the board or the chairman.  Having gotten rid of Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello from the England management position, they have, in my opinion, targeted certain managers (Villas- Boas comes to mind) relentlessly. After having their power checked by the FA, when their favourite candidate Redknapp was overlooked in favour of "dour, unimaginative, charisma-less" Hodgson, the ultimate success would be to hound Moyes out of the Manchester United job
I've seen first hand what influence such journalists such as Mark Ogden, Martin Samuel and Ollie Holt have, with various friends sharing their articles and espousing those stated opinions as their own.  With 20 plus years of success, the younger generation of United fans have grown up believing that United have always been winners. Having read about the history of the club and its fallow years in the mid 20th century, I've come to place Sir Alex's tenure in its proper context and am more appreciative of the success we've enjoyed in the last 20 years. 
So disregard the papers for a few months and keep your own counsel; enjoy the spectacle of seeing the new manager adapt to the club and make changes as he sees fit. If nothing else, trust in the fact that Sir Alex recommended him, Sir Bob agreed and that David Gill and the Glazers also thought Moyes to be the right man for the job.   



They claim to be telling the fans what they want to hear, and are reflecting public opinion, but are in fact leading and directing public opinion, say if Mark Ogden were to say SAF is not a factor and that anyone following his tenure needs time, money and patience, instead of piling on with the rest of the papers in calling SAF unwanted distraction, the fans wouldn't be so quick to call for Moyes' head, given how highly he is usually regarded in regards to his knowledge and contacts at the club. 


I've learnt a lot from fans of other clubs, who've learnt to appreciate good performances and be entertained, without being too caught up with long term results and expectations of trophies. Given the size and stature of the club, it's right for us United fans to expect that the club should remain competitive in all 3 domestic competitions while remaining a contender in the Champions League knock-out stages. But we must realize we can't have it our way all the time, that a new manager needs time to get his coaches working efficiently with the players, to get the players playing in his preferred style, to get the style to work and to get his systems in place to get everything else working properly, such as scouting and squad management.

 So disregard the papers for a few months and keep your own counsel; enjoy the spectacle of seeing the new manager adapt to the club and make changes as he sees fit. If nothing else, trust in the fact that Sir Alex recommended him, Sir Bob agreed and that David Gill and the Glazers also thought Moyes to be the right man for the job. 



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