Why David Moyes should fear trigger-happy Glazer

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David Moyes should be feeling the pressure at Manchester United – particularly with how trigger-happy the Malcolm Glazer has been in recent years.

That statement may seem confusing given that Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge for so long at Old Trafford, but it's regarding the recent changes with Glazer's other sporting project – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.

Having just appointed their former linebackers coach Lovie Smith as the new head coach, the Buccaneers are onto their 3rd head coach since 2009.

Glazer bought the Buccaneers in 1995, and they were something of a joke in the league as they donned their creamsicle uniform on their way to a 94-213-1 during the late 70's, 80's and early 90's. However, upon Glazer's arrival, their fortunes changed and new head coach Tony Dungy laid the groundwork for the most successful period in the history of the franchise.

Dungy was fired and replaced by Jon Gruden in 2002, and led the team to victory in the 2003 Super Bowl over his old team the Oakland Raiders. The combined record of 111-97 between Dungy and Gruden between 1996 and 2008 saw the Buccaneers put their dark days behind them.

However, the departure of Gruden and the subsequent arrival of Raheem Morris as head coach has sent Tampa Bay back to the wrong end of the NFL standings. Morris, who was the youngest head coach in the NFL when appointed, was given just three seasons in charge before being fired with a 17-31 record.

Morris' replacement, Greg Schiano, was an unmitigated disaster after reports of locker room unrest and poor displays on the field. Schiano failed to earn the respect of his players, and after an even worse record of 11-21, Schiano finds himself the latest head coach to fail to emulate Gruden's success. In a bid to rediscover those glory days, Glazer has appointed Smith – who was linebackers coach for the Buccaneers under Dungy – as the Buccaneers turn back the clock.

This is particularly striking for Moyes, as not only is Glazer not afraid to pull the trigger on underperforming coaches who are relatively new to the job, but he's now shown that he's willing to go back to the old recipe for success.

With the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson almost permanently looming over Moyes, many fans will call for Ferguson to be dragged out of retirement and reinstated as United manager, and bookmaker Paddy Power even make Ferguson the 5/1 favourite to be the next manager of the Red Devils.

With performances failing to live up to their successful past, Glazer is no stranger to this situation. In the case of Schiano, the former Rutgers head coach was evidently out of his depth - which is what many United fans believe of Moyes - and he was given just 32 games (two seasons in the NFL) to bring success back to Tampa Bay.

That would equate to less than the full Premier League season - will Moyes make it that far?

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