Moyes arrival brings out the worst in United fans.
Two days. 48 little hours.
A miniscule amount of time yet all a disgraceful amount of United ‘fans’ seem to have been willing to tolerate before openly questioning our new manager. I’m not talking about the usual suspects either. The fantasy world fan will continue to get excited by ITK fantasies as they confuse real life construction of a football team with their FIFA Ultimate team. No, I’m talking about fans who 99% of the time enrich my twitter feed with observations on tactical variations and player development. For reasons beyond this writer’s comprehension, an alarming number appear crestfallen that the first two days of Moyes tenure haven’t been taken up by glitzy presentations of ’the winger we crave’, ‘the heir to Carrick’, ‘Rooney’s replacement’, etc. I have read lamentations that he has spent the first two days ‘chasing Baines’. If indeed he has spent the first couple of days in a new job pursuing a high-profile aquisition to the squad then all power to the man. The most galling aspect of the twitter experts is that they seem to assume to have a deep knowledge and understanding of how to do the job. I actually read one tweeter complaining that ‘surely he can still be looking at wingers whilst the Thiago deal is being sorted out?’ He started the job YESTERDAY.
I tried to think back to my first two days in my current role. Thankfully for everyone, I have not been entrusted with overseeing one of the largest football clubs in the world; but I do manage a department in a reasonably successful school. The transition from routine teacher to subject leader was an eye-opener. My first couple of days as Head of History were spent trying to decrypt the barrage of educational acronyms that I hadn’t been previously paid enough to care about, searching for my predecessor’s pupil tracking records (turned out he didn’t keep any) and most importantly of all, sourcing an appropriate chair for my new desk. I can only presume that had twitter been around five years ago, the hashtag #pullyourfingeroutMrPattison would have trended as students demanded I secure the arrival of a promising teacher from another school, cease my ‘mindless’ pursuit of a trusted former colleague, and woe betide I bring in schemes of work and strategies I had found success with elsewhere.
Now I am fully aware that this is a facetious comparison; my job is a world away from that inherited to David Moyes. Yet like Moyes for the first days, weeks, months and beyond I needed others to show patience and confidence that I would develop the attributes to fulfill the potential they had seen. This suited everyone involved as it was in everyone’s interest that I succeed. Fans may not have appointed Moyes but it is nonetheless in the interests of even the most ardent Jose-acolyte that he proves to be a success. Ultimately, his success is our success.
If your ‘optimism is draining’ by lunchtime on July 2nd then the problem is not with David Moyes, it’s with you.