It was destined to happen sooner or later, so 34 games into the year, it happened. Yesterday, Manchester United, giants of English soccer, fired their coach David Moyes.
Let’s run through a timeline of sorts. Last May United clinched the English Premier League title for a record 20th time, and then manager Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement. His successor, who he handpicked, is named… David Moyes. Moyes was the Everton manager, and accumulated an impressive record for the Toffees, but had no silverware to show.
Moyes was dubbed “The Chosen One” by fans and pundits alike, and even Sir Alex warned the club and its fans to give him time at Old Trafford. Once the season started, it was clear Moyes would have a tough go of it. United started the year with an early season loss to Stoke City at home, losses to Liverpool and Everton. (Everton actually swept United for the first time in over 4 decades this season) United fell out of the Champions League, and transfers were a disaster. Rumors kept flying about a possible dismissal, but many thought Moyes could turn it around to stay at least another year.
However, yesterday it became official. Manchester United parted ways with Moyes, and announced Ryan Giggs as interim manager for the final 4 games of the year. Giggs, 40, was still an active midfielder for United this season. He is one for the history books for his time in Manchester; Ryan Giggs is one of the best to ever play the game, according to many. He will definitely have the locker room behind him because of his club accomplishments alone, and could be able to earn the job for himself next season, although it is very unlikely at this point.
This takes us to possible replacements; among these are Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola. However, according to Klopp, he is “committed to Dortmund,” and Guardiola will stay at least “two more seasons” in Germany. Other names to watch include Carlo Ancelotti (who is currently with Real Madrid), Gary Neville (who is currently a Sky analyst and England assistant, its a long shot), and Louis van Gaal (who is coaching the Holland national team, although he is leaving after the World Cup, he could be the favorite). All of these are possibilities right now, but don’t be surprised to see a surprise (like Jose Mourinho) or maybe even Brendan Rodgers (who is with Liverpool, the EPL leaders).
Sports Kings contributor Cody Maggard