Sir Alex Ferguson has distanced himself from the common held belief that he was solely responsible for David Moyes being recruited at Old Trafford. Ferguson has described as “nonsense” the suggestion that Moyes had inherited a team in decline and says the problem for the former Everton manager was that he had found it “a massive jump” to move to Old Trafford. All of which appears to go against what we were led to believe when Ferguson retired, with Fergie himself saying that he had personally given the job to Moyes.
Sir Alex also disputes he left club “in decline” with an ageing squad and blames the poor season under Moyes on the players playing too slowly and on Moyes not realising how bigger jump it was from managing Everton to filling his boots at United.
The former United manager offers his first detailed account of the Moyes era in his updated book My Autobiography – officially released on Thursday. He goes on to say he was completely left out of the loop when Moyes was sacked although he did speak one to one with Moyes after the home defeat to Manchester City.
Fergie writes that he tried to stay out of the way during David Moyes`s reign, although he did watch many of United`s games, he said he stayed out of the dressing room but did try to convince Moyes to keep the services of Mike Phelan. “Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system. I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.”
What appears confusing is Ferguson himself told the story that he asked Moyes over to his house and told him he would be the new manager of Manchester United and now paints a different picture presumably so his is not labelled as the man who appointed the “wrong one”.