Norwich City forced into a rethink after David Moyes’ Manchester United exit ahead of Old Trafford Premier League date
15:15 25 April 2014
David Moyes’ Manchester United exit caught out Neil Adams.
The Norwich City chief was preparing to face the challenge of overcoming the Glaswegian at Old Trafford this weekend before United’s top brass intervened to replace Moyes with club stalwart Ryan Giggs, who will now take charge of his first match as interim manager against the Canaries.
“Obviously I was very sorry for David. It’s never nice when managers lose their jobs,” said Adams. “We’ve just got to deal with it. There will be a lot of speculation about whether it is beneficial for us or if it’s going to be a hindrance. It is what it is. We’re playing a good team, with good players who have probably not done as well as they would’ve liked this season, hence what’s happened this week. You’re naturally going to see a reaction. The crowd will be up for it and the players will be the same but whether they will be more fired up or not remains to be seen. They were maybe in a little bit of a slump and they got beat at Everton so I can’t do anything about the timing. Once Liverpool was out of the way we were preparing for Manchester United and its fair to say we didn’t expect what was going to happen.”
Toffees’ boss Roberto Martinez predicts the man he succeeded at Goodison Park can make a swift return to the game after his side’s 2-0 league win last weekend in Moyes’ first Merseyside return signalled the end of his reign.
“It is not a nice situation when a manager loses his job, especially someone who has such strong links with our club,” he said. “It has been a difficult experience but any experience is a good experience.
“We know David Moyes will look forward to the next footballing chapter. We all know he is a very successful man and has a real strong winning mentality and he will get ready to bounce back straight away becuase it is very difficult to get that experience, the amount of years he has been working at the highest level, and the know-how he has is a real strength. I am sure he will be ready to get into another job as quick as he can and I am sure he won’t have a lack of offers or opportunities when you have someone who is so hard-working, focused and dedicated in his job.”
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has advised Moyes takes some time out of the game before making his next decision.
“I wouldn’t advise him to come back into the game sooner. I would come back later if I were him. He has done 15 years continuously - maybe even longer,” said the Irons’ manager. “Take some time with the family and reflect and enjoy life a little bit more without the pressures of particularly Premier League football will do him the world of good and then when he emerges again, he will come back a better manager than he already has been, and he has been one hell of a manager.”
Allardyce felt the process of Moyes’ departure could have been handled better.
“On the outside, and not knowing all the facts, from a distance the leaking (to the press) didn’t look very good,” he said. “For Manchester United as an institution and a football as large as they are, the process looked like it was flawed which was a great shame for Manchester United as a brand, and of course David Moyes knowing his fate before he was even told. That is how it looks from the outside. If that is the case, it is a great shame for David and a great shame that Manchester United chose to use that process.”