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At last. And it pains me to say it. British coaching needed David Moyes to succeed.

But Utd had no choice. My only surprise is that they didn't do it sooner.

Those of you who've followed these blogs will know that it dawned on me some time back that it wasn't going to work.

The Chosen One was the Wrong One. I'd have done it BEFORE the C Lge games with Bayern and given it to Ryan Giggs.

His recent declaration that he's likely to retire at the end of the season, but worse, leave the club, definitely concentrated minds in the Boardroom.

It really was a 'him' or 'me' threat. Utd couldn't afford to lose Giggs. He's 'new' Pep Guardiola.

But let's get back to Moyes. It might be that he was the right man at the wrong time, but we'll never know now.

If he'd 'followed' whoever followed Fergie the job would've been different.

But it was all too much for him. Huge club. Huge demands. And huge decisions to be made - not just during the week - but during games when it was going wrong.

Gamble. Do something. Change it. Do what Utd have always done - take a risk.

He ended up not being able to do any of it, frozen like a rabbit in headlights.

I hope he finds his way back into the game. I know he's always wanted to work in Germany. Maybe that chance will come.

As for Utd - they'll eventually get it right. But it's not a quick fix. This current squad isn't good enough. Not by a long way.

And that statement isn't new, I've been saying it for weeks. They need fresh blood and fast.

As for the finger pointing. Well, the players haven't helped Moyes at all. In a most unprofessional way they stopped playing for him.

Ferguson's book and theatre tour was only a distraction. So too was his presence in the tunnel every weekend.

I know he was upset because Moyes fired his backroom staff and that wasn't part of the deal that took Moyes to Utd.

But that was the new Manager making decisions. I happen the believe the wrong decision and I've said that before.

But it was his right and nothing to do with Fergie.

I also think Ed Woodward should take his fare share of the blame.

His performance in the transfer market last season was embarrassing. His leadership of the club is as well.

He'd be next to go if I was making the decisions. 


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'Happy smiling faces in the morning - in a losing environment - rather than sulkers that win'.

That's how it was put to me by those close to, and in the know, at Manchester City this week.

Mancini lost his job remember because City's highly paid stars didn't want to live 'on the edge'.

Didn't want to work in an environment that 'demanded' of them. That meant they had to 'hurt' to win.

They wanted to be happy. Rely on natural talent. And believed winning was 'easy'.

The owners' phone never stopped ringing - calls from unhappy millionaires wearing City blue that wanted Mancini out.

Now City might yet recover to win the title, but I doubt it. It's been a devastating week.

When they needed mental strength most they were found wanting again. Winning isn't 'easy'.

As many of you know, I'm not Fergie's biggest fan, I don't think he's a nice man, but he created an atmosphere at United second to none when it came to winning.

Ironically, and I know I'm arguing against myself here to a degree, he shares many of the same 'qualities' as Mancini in that respect.

Winners very often aren't nice guys.

I said back in August i believed it was a mistake for City to fire Mancini. In doing so THEY lost the dressing room. Not Mancini.

Never again could a Manager there make decisions that weren't going to be undermined.

With Fergie going it was the time for stability at City. Bury United. An era of unprecedented success beckoned at the club

Not now. Too late. A League Cup win and the last 16 in the C Lge.

And by the way - a scandalous oversight at the group stage when no one at City knew another goal in Munich would see them top the group.

Mancini did - he told me. My top four before a ball was kicked and crucially the transfer window shut, was 1 Chelsea. 2 Arsenal. 3 City. 4 United.

Liverpool could yet make me look a mug - and if they do I'll be delighted! But I wasn't far out. I never fancied City and yet they should've walked it.

As I often say 'be careful what you wish for...'  Happy smiling 'losers' - and another change on the cards I hear. Frank de Boer's name is being mentioned now.

Briefly - well done Tony Pulis. I got battered by Palace fans when I backed that appointment. Haven't heard too much from them these past few weeks!



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