Howwrongwewere

‘Moyesneededtousehisexperience,hisnous,tomanufactureSunderland’sescapefromchainssoloosethatHoudiniwouldhavescoffedbeforerollinghiseyes。

Whatfollowedwastenmeaslypointsfrom21leaguematches。

MoyesandSunderlandweredone。

‘TheweirdestelementofthiscapitulationisthatMoyes,forsolongthearchetypaldourScotbypersonality,hasprojectedanimageofpositivitythathasborderedonpropaganda。

WhiletheSunderlandsquadreportedlyrefertohimprivatelyasthe‘energyvampire’,Moyesusedpressconferencestopaintarose-tintedpictureofSunderlandlife。

WewererepeatedlytoldthatresultswerehardonSunderland,andthatperformancesjustifiedbetter。

Evenafterthe5-1defeatonthefinalday,Moyesfocusedonhisinsistencethatthefifthgoalwasoffside。

Itwouldbefunnywerewenotdealingwithamanager’sfallintotheabyss。

‘LikeSteveMcClaren,thisisaBritishmanagerwhobelongsinthelastdecade。

Ifthegamehasmovedon,theyhavenotmovedwithit。

Ifthegamehasstayedthesame,theyhavefallenbackwards。

Inadecade’stime,wewilllookbackwithraisedeyebrowsandshakenheadsatDavidMoyes’appointmentbyManchesterUnited。

Fromhisgreatesthonour,Moyeshasbeencareeringdownhilleversince’–Football365,May22,2017。

Or,hangaboutabitandearnapromotion。

Oneofthetwo。

WhatDavidwants

AreminderforWestHamfansofwhatMoyesconsidersessentialinimprovingaclub:Britishness。

InAugust2016:

“He[PapyDjilobodji]needsalotofschooling,that’swhatIwouldsay。

Heneedsalotofschooling,andI’vegotanawfullotofworktodoonthetraininggroundjusttogettheBritishnessintohim。

Idon’twanttotakeoutallhisnaturalability。



InDecember2016:

“Itoldhim[BillyJones]thathewoulddefinitelybeinvolvedifhegothimselfbackfit。

We’vegotJavier,whohasalsodonewellingames,butIfeltweneededabitofBilly’sBritishnesswhenwewerestrugglingforsomeresults。



InMarch2017:

“IdecidedIwantedJackandGibbotogether。

IthoughtthegamemightsuitmoreBritishnessinthemiddleofthepitch。



ThirteenofWestHam’slast14permanentsignings?

Non-British。

Lookslikethefirstdrillonthetraininggroundwillbepatriotism。

Slightdifferenceofopinion

‘AntonioConte’sfuturehasbeenrockedbytheexitofChelseachiefMichaelEmenalo。

RomanAbramovich’sright-handmanwasamajorallyofunder-fireConte’–TheSun‘exclusive’,November7。

‘Chelsea’ssportingdirectorMichaelEmenalo’ssurprisedecisiontostanddownwillbeseeninsomequartersasagoodthingforConteastheyclashedovertransfers。

ThismustbeseenasastrengtheningofConte’s-precariousposition’–DailyMirror,November7。

Soit’seither‘rockedhisfuture’or‘strengthenedhisposition’。

Gladthat’sclear。

Scalingbackyourambitions

InTuesday’sTheSun,NeilCustiswritesaboutthepossibilityofJoseMourinholeavingManchesterUnitedforParisSaint-Germain,andsaysthatMourinho’srepresentativeshasspokentoPSG:

‘TheflirtationwithPSGstillraisedeyebrowsatOldTrafford—aswillthisapproach。

‘Itisnotthefirsttimetheyhaveattemptedtogethim,havingtriedtohijackhisappointmentatOldTraffordinsummer2016。

PSG’ssportingdirectorAnteroHenriqueworkedwithMourinhoatPortoandwillbeseenbyPSGasakeyplayerintryingtolandhim。

‘Mourinhoisnearlyhalfwaythroughhisthree-yearcontractandUnitedwanttotiehimdowntoanewonebuttherehavebeennonegotiationssofar。



It’sweirdthatCustissaysthattherehavebeen‘nonegotiations’betweenMourinhoandUnitedoveranewcontract,becauseitwasonlyonOctober12thatCustistoldushow‘JoseMourinhoisreadytosignnew£65millionfive-yearManchesterUniteddealafterbrilliantstarttoPremierLeagueseason’。

‘Mourinho,54,isthebest-paidmanagerinworldfootballalongsidehisManchesterCitycounterpartPepGuardiola,withbothearning£250,000aweek,’Custiswrotethen。

‘ThisbasicwagewillstayaboutthesamebutthePortuguese’sincentivepackagefortrophiesandleaguepositionsissettorocket。

Thefinaldetailsarestilltobeagreed。



Sofromthebasicwage,bonuspaymentsandlengthofthecontractbeingconfirmedbutfinaldetailstobeagreedto‘therehavebeennonegotiationssofar’inthespaceofthreeweeks。

Thatissomeimpressivebacktracking。

Thiswillshockyoubut…

…StanCollymorethinksthePremierLeagueisrubbishbecauseManchesterCityarerunningawaywiththetitle(‘LeagueisPremierinnameonly’)。

It’salmostasif…ohyouknowtheendingbynow。

Andthere’smore

StickingwithCollymore,becauseheactuallymanagestouseManchesterCity’sdominanceofthePremierLeagueasasticktobeatManchesterCitywith。

Youhavetoadmitthatthatisfine,finework。

‘TottenhamareprobablytheonlyteaminEngland,everythingconsidered,thatIwouldpaymoneytowatch,’CollymorewritesinhisDailyMirrorcolumn。

‘NotManchesterCity–goodtowatch,butIjustcan’tgetexcitedaboutthemasaclub。

Theyaretryingtobuildthebestteamwiththebiggestbudget。

Whatdoesthatmean?

‘Isitagreatteamordotheysimplyhavethebiggestbudget?

Anyonecandothat。



Thereyougo,PepGuardiola。

Don’tforaminutethinkyouarespecialforthewayManchesterCityareplayingatthemoment,inthePremierLeagueandChampionsLeague。

Because‘anyonecoulddothat’。

It’sweirdCitypayGuardiolasomuchmoneyreally,ratherthanjustpickingafanoutofthecrowdeachweek。

Changedyourtune

‘ForgetManchesterUnited,Liverpool,ArsenalandChelsea,it’sgottobeSpursforme。

Theyareexcitingbecauseoftheirphilosophy,manager,youthandtheprogressoftheclub。

‘StorieslikeHarryKaneandDeleAlli,thewaytheyplay,theriseofMauricioPochettino–allthesethingsgetmeexcitedandarethereasonswhyIwanttowatchfootball’–StanCollymore,November7。

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