If it was not enough that David Moyes is struggling to overcome his difficulties at Manchester United, he also has to face the daily headlines declaring that he is not the man for the job and now stories suggesting he has lost the dressing room.
The media thrive on failure because there is far more to write about a club’s downfall than their success. And now football pundit Andy Gray has had his say on the latest reports in an interview with Talk Sport.
“No matter what David Moyes did at Everton, when he went in to Manchester United, he had to earn respect,” Gray said.
“If you were a top, top player you have that respect. You go into a place and you get respect because you played at the highest level. David didn’t, so his respect had to be gained and earned.
“I have absolutely no doubt that when he went in a lot of the lads would have thought, ‘I’m not having him’ and David’s thought ‘I’m not having them’.”
It is a bold statement, and one that backs up the claim that as much as Moyes was inheriting a championship-winning side he needed time to stamp his mark on the club.
The problem comes when the wins do not, and Moyes is now in the firing-line far more than he would have thought when he first succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.
If Moyes is given the chance to bring in the players he wants, players who want to play for him, then he may well turn things around. But for now he must make do with predominantly the players he inherited, some of whom Gray feels would have seen him walk into the dressing room and think, “I’m not having him”.