by Thomas Rooney for World Football Commentaries
|David Moyes, manager of Everton, in 2006.|
Photo credit: Jason Gulledge.
Following the appointment of David Moyes as the new manager of Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick have had their say on the Scotsman getting the job.
Many people are still shocked by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement of course and the dust had hardly settled on the news before Moyes was announced as his successor.
This is clearly something Ferguson had thought long and hard about and he appears to have played a significant role in choosing his successor. For him and many at Manchester United, Moyes fits the bill.
What do the current playing squad think though? Well, two senior members – Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick – have already had their say on proceedings.
Ferdinand told MUTV: “It was important the club made a decision quickly and got it all sorted before people could start making rumours. The club have acted impeccably in that respect.
“It’s great to see the new manager coming in, we’ve never had a problem with him here at United, he’s a very honest man from the players you speak to and he’s done a fantastic job at his previous club Everton.
“I’m sure he’ll be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and try and continue that and not come in and try and make crazy changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club.”
These are interesting words from Ferdinand. He is clearly happy with the idea of Moyes, but doesn’t want him messing around with Ferguson’s good work too much.
After all, who is to say Ferdinand will be in the new manager’s plans? Perhaps Moyes would rather go with the younger duo of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at centre back? We shall see.
As for Carrick, also speaking on MUTV, he said: “He’s done a terrific job at Everton. He’s been there a long time and has had great success with the resources he’s had.
“It’s obviously a big change because this club’s been run for so long by one person. I’m really looking forward to meeting him and getting good training in pre-season and looking forward to a good future.
“He’s honest and fair to his players as far as I’m aware. He sets high standards just as he expects high standards of ourselves.”
Moyes definitely seems to have the respect of some high-profile players at Old Trafford. Perhaps his first job though is to convince Wayne Rooney to stay at the club.
The England international has asked to leave the Red Devils, but having lost him once before – when manager of Everton – there is no way Moyes will want to do so again.
It is a massive change for United, but they have thought long and hard about this appointment with stability and long-term success in mind. There are fascinating times ahead.
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