I believe that Gwyneth Paltrow has unknowingly given the Manchester United board, particularly SAF, a ‘get out of jail’ card with her recent announcement that she and her husband, Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, are to have a conscious uncoupling.
It sounds like a lovely thing to do, to consciously uncouple, while remaining friends and always a family, but let’s face it, it’s a divorce in all but the language. But again, it sounds lovely, and let’s just leave it at that.
Now, could Manchester United adopt the same approach?
The club and Moyes haven’t been together as long, haven’t shared any good times the way Paltrow and Martin did, but they could spin this.
There doesn’t have to be a sacking, or a resignation, just a conscious uncoupling. Everyone gets to save face while the club seeks a permanent replacement. If Giggs did a stint as interim manager for the remaining games of the season, he’s not going to do any worse than what anyone has come to expect with Moyes in charge.
What it does mean is that Fergie and Charlton, and the rest of the board could do what they should have done originally and instigate a process whereby a manager with the highest credentials and suitability is selected for the rebuilding job.
Moyes has broken way too many records that shouldn’t have been possible to break, week in and week out, and this conscious uncoupling needs to happen now.
The good news for him is that it will allow him to leave with a modicum of dignity, and he can keep that ridiculous smile on his face for his last press conference as the manager of a club that was just too big for his modest limitations.