There were strong rumours yesterday that David Moyes was facing the sack.
A small group of Manchester United fans got over excited yesterday at the rumour and prospect that David Moyes could be axed as Old Trafford boss following a poor season.
I say small because the majority of United fans are content to get behind their new manager, according to the wishes of legend Sir Alex Ferguson, and not all United fans echo the view that Moyes needs to be sacked as quickly as possible.
Rumours broke yesterday lunchtime that United were going to make an announcement at the New York Stock Exchange at 14:30 GMT, when it’s due to open.
The news came following the dismal performance against Olympiakos which led a group of fans to celebrate what they thought was the imminent departure of the Scottish coach.
The problem Moyes faces is only partly down to getting the most from his players and adding stars in the summer transfer market, his arguably biggest problem is his image with that group of United fans.
Moyes isn’t a new entity any more to Manchester United and the club’s supporters have had several months to adjust to the post-Fergie era and the realisation that the guaranteed success the club has enjoyed will have to be earned back.
Things were always going to be different and Moyes now has to change what would have been a popular decision yesterday with some into something that would become unthinkable and bizarre.
So how does he go about repairing his public image with that group that wished he’d been sacked?
There’s only so much he can do personally away from the pitch. Moyes simply needs to continue saying the right things, sticking up for his club and his players when they come under pressure and criticism.
The only way he can change his image and the popularity that would follow his sacking is for his team to get results on the pitch, which is something he can only partially control.
If results improve over the rest of the season and United manage to turn around their Champions League tie against Olympiakos then chatter will become more positive and perceptions of the boss will slowly start to change.
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