David Moyes has given a lengthy exclusive interview with the Daily Mail today, which has been brilliantly written up by Matt Lawton, and which is well worth a read.
Among some of the more interesting parts, are the recounting of Moyes’ final day in charge at Old Trafford last season, and the bitterness he holds about finding out through the media.
‘I’ve moved on, but I’ll never forget the way I lost the job.’
In the end it was difficult for my family, the way we discovered — via the media — that I’d lost my job.
‘We have always tried to do things the correct way. I know it comes with the territory, and I know if you lose matches you risk being sacked. But how it affected my family made it hard.
I just don’t think I was given time to succeed or fail. I was taking over from a manager who had been there for more than 20 years, and I tried to continue the success the club had enjoyed. There was always going to be a difficult period.
The most interesting revelation is on the infamously bungled transfer window last summer, in which Moyes and Ed Woodward failed to sign anyone of real clout, only bringing in Fellaini after missing out on a host of targets, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara chief among them.
But two other names stand out from Moyes’ interview: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
‘It’s been well documented that we wanted Fabregas, Bale and Ronaldo. There was talk of Ronaldo when I first arrived. We were close to getting a couple of major names. I’m not getting in a blame game here but things just didn’t materialise.
I had taken over from the most successful manager in history. The chief executive had taken over from one of the most renowned administrators in the game [David Gill]. So it was a new job for two people.’
‘I thought we worked well together. We worked as a team. We tried to do the right things. I was criticised for getting rid of Rene Meulensteen but I asked him to stay. But since we left I’ve spoken to my staff and we’ve gone through what happened.
It meant a lot to us all. We were all desperate to succeed and we’re all hurt. But we will learn from this.’
Considering Manchester United and Real Madrid’s respective 2013/14 seasons, safe to say Ronaldo and Bale are satisfied with their decisions.