Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of people to blame for David Moyes’ failure at Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson has updated his autobiography, which was originally released a year ago, and in the new edition, he addresses the matter of David Moyes’ brief reign as his successor at Manchester United.

Moyes inherited a Man United team that won the Premier League by an 11-point margin in Ferguson’s final season. But when the former Everton manager’s one and only season in charge came to an end a month after he was sacked, the Red Devils were seventh in the table. Luckily, Ferguson has outlined who is to blame for all of this.

But before we get to that, here’s a reminder of how Moyes himself described the meeting with Ferguson that led to him taking over.

“I went in and the first thing he said to me was ‘I’m retiring’.

“I said ‘When?’, because he was never retiring and he said ‘next week’. “And his next words were ‘you’re the next Manchester United manager’.

“So I didn’t get the chance to say yes or no. I was told that I was the next Manchester United manager and that was enough.

“As you can imagine, the blood drained from my face. [...] But inside I was incredibly thrilled that I was going to be given the chance to manage Manchester United.”

To summarize, Ferguson didn’t even give Moyes a choice in the matter. That’s how certain he was that only David Moyes could carry on his success. And with that in mind, here’s Alex Ferguson’s list of what was to blame for this situation not working out (quotes via The Guardian)…

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: First and foremost, David Moyes “hadn’t realized just how big United is as a club,” Ferguson writes. The real question should probably be whether someone who had never won a trophy or managed a “big club” was prepared for such a jump. But, like Sir Alex, let’s skip that one.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the selection process for his successor carried out properly, considering Moyes somehow didn’t realize how big Man United were? Of course, says Sir Alex. He writes: “There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process. Nonsense. We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the squad he left behind simply not good enough? No way, says Sir Alex. He writes: “It was a rough season for a United fan and it was tough for me because I knew there were plenty of good players in our squad. They weren’t showing their form – and that seemed to place a huge weight on David’s shoulders.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the system he had in place antiquated? Of course not, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Antiquated was a bizarre description of the structure I left behind at Manchester United. Have you seen our new training ground?” Sadly, books don’t have rimshots.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did he leave a team that was too old and destined to fall off? Preposterous, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Chelsea started the current season as favorites for the title, with a squad that also had six players in their 30s. I don’t hear any grumbles about the age of their group.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did Moyes ruin everything by bringing in his own backroom staff instead of retaining the one Ferguson already had in place? You bet he did, says Sir Alex. He writes: “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.”

But wait, didn’t we already establish that Moyes didn’t realize “just how big United is as a club”? If that was the case, why did he feel the need to have all corners covered at “such a massive club”? Surely Ferguson has an full and not at all contradictory explanation for why his ghost writer is 100 percent at fault for this discrepancy.

Anyway, there you have it. Blame for the problems that have befallen Manchester United in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s move from manager to club director fall solely on the unprepared guy who was given the job and not at all on the powerful man who decided to give it to him without even asking for his thoughts on the matter first. Autobiographical case closed.

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Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne paid $6,000 for front-row World Series seats

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Actor Paul Rudd isn’t the only Kansas City celebrity reveling in the Royals’ long-awaited return to the World Series. Another of Kansas City’s famous entertainers — albeit in a very different field — was front and center at Game 1 of the World Series.

Tech N9ne, the rapper who very proudly hails from Kansas City, was on national TV all night, because he was sitting right behind home plate. He was dressed in all black Royals gear, sitting just a few seats down from Marlins Man.

Tech N9ne marveled at his view on Instagram, but noted that he paid $6,000 for his ticket. His Strange Music business partner Travis O’Guin was there with him, as was fellow K.C. emcee Krizz Kaliko. That’s a cool $18,000 in World Series tickets.

Here’s the video he posted. Warning: He says a swear word.

If you’re not familiar with Tech N9ne, he’s an “underground” rapper with a cult following. He’s not signed to a major record label, rather he founded and runs his own record label, Strange Music. Obviously, business is going pretty well over at Strange Music.

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WWE’s Randy Orton disses Royals in Kansas City, John Cena defends them

You didn’t think it was just radio stations having fun with Kansas City Royals being in the World Series, did you? World Wrestling Entertainment’s popular “Monday Night Raw” was live from Kansas City on World Series Eve, and the occasion wasn’t going to pass without cheap heat.

Randy Orton — the star of those hilarious RKO Vines — was called on to anger the Kansas City crowd by dissing the Royals. He’s a good fit, considering he’s from St. Louis.

Orton was cutting a promo against John Cena when a “Let’s Go Royals” chant broke out in the crowd. Orton quickly flipped into super heel mode and told the fans:

“The Royals will not win. They will never win. You’ve got at least another 100 years. In your lifetime, you will not see your precious Royals win when it matters.”

John Cena came out shortly thereafter and defended Kansas City’s honor, because that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re every 8-year-old boy’s favorite wrestler. 

Royals bro on the left sorta looks like younger, beard-less Alex Gordon, doesn’t he?

On another wrestling-meets-baseball note: As far as we know, there are no RKO baseball vines — somebody fix that, woulda ya? — but as tangential entertainment, here’s Giancarlo Stanton getting 619’d by Rey Mysterio. 

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Letters from Bojan: The struggle becomes real

 (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)The earnest question of whether Lionel Messi could do it on a cold, wet night in Stoke has persisted as a cliched joke for a few years now. So when Barcelona surprisingly sold Bojan, a 24-year-old once hyped as the next Messi, to Stoke City, the only explanation was that Messi personally asked him to go there on an expedition to see if the conditions in this mythical place are as challenging as the fables suggest. This is Bojan‘s third letter back to his friend.

Dear Leo,

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are falling from the trees like tears from my face. I have only started one match since I last wrote to you two months ago. I am quickly learning that English football truly is as cruel a place as the legends say. Maybe even worse. With that said, I hope you are well.

This has been a very confusing time for me. I knew the cold, wet nights would be the ultimate test, but I had no idea that even the semi-warm, mostly dry afternoons would be this bad. Since I have been spending so much time on the bench, Mr. Hughes has given me his mobile phone to hold in case Pep Guardiola calls him to ask for advice during a match. But Pep never calls. I am starting to think that Mr. Hughes is not as close with Pep as he has led me to believe.

Despite my personal troubles, the rest of the team is performing fairly well. You will be happy to know that my wish upon a star for The Crouchie’s enchanted broomstick limbs to produce goals has worked and he has since scored exactly three of them. I asked him if he would do the same for me, but I don’t think he heard me since he is so much taller and I thought it might be rude to climb him like a beanstalk in order to get closer to his ear. After all, we are still just getting to know each other. Perhaps I will ask Princess Abbey to pass along my request since she is smaller.

One friend I have made already is Steven Nzonzi. He is French and he gives me pastries to eat while I sit on the bench. The only problem is that Charlie Adam, who is most definitely not my friend, usually takes them from me before we leave the dressing room. He calls them his “tackling fuel” and he chews them with his mouth open. I have started avoiding all local bridges out of fear that Charlie Adam lives under one of them with the rest of his troll clan.

As hard as I have had it, Mario Balotelli, my friend from our short time together under the rule of the Bunga King in Milan, has it much, much worse. The English sorcerers have cast a spell on Mario that makes all of his shots go straight up into the sky instead of into the goal, as he intends them to. I can tell that Mario is also very frustrated, but I am certain that we will develop enchantments of our own before the cold and wet nights come.

Yours in bravery,

Bojan

P.S. Tell Shakira to send all of the ingredients she used in the potion that made Pique like her. 

 

Previously in Letters from Bojan: The incredible journey begins

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University of Edinburgh offering free online course about the global impact of football

The University of Edinburgh is currently offering a free online course about football that is open to anyone with Internet access interested in taking it. The six-week course includes contributions from former Liverpool player and Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen and according to The Telegraph, more than 5,000 people have already signed up.

From the course’s sign-up page:

This course will introduce you to the global game of football (soccer), why it is called the people’s game, how it has developed in different parts of the world and why major sporting events are important to different countries. It will cover governance, strategy, and leadership in different football settings, identify key people, players and nations and provide a behind the scenes overview of the world of football. It will look at different profiles of football fans, nations, and players in terms of fitness coaching, demographics and economics (i.e. players wages, migration patterns, levels of sponsorship and the role of positive coaching)

Week-by-week summary:

  • Football: From Game of the People to Global Spectacle
  • Great Football: Places, Nations, Rivalries, Clubs and Stadiums
  • Football Champions of the World: Who are they and Why?
  • Coaching for Hope and Football as a Tool for Development
  • Football and the Olympic Games
  • Football Data, Trends, Finances, Issues and Sources of Information.

Though it is not a degree course, it will require three hours of work per week and those who complete it will be able to “purchase a statement of participation” that will either serve as tangible proof that they know more about football than their friends who didn’t take the course or be laughed at by anyone who sees it hung on the wall of their home or office. Or maybe both.

If this goes well, the university should offer an advanced course that provides participants the chance to buy the title of “Dr. Football.”

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