On the day David Moyes was sacked as manager of outgoing Premier League champions Manchester United, Euronews went to Old Trafford to listen to what some fans had to say about the 50-year-old Scot’s brief 10-month reign.
Terry Christian, journalist and broadcaster said: ‘‘The whole reason Moyes got the job was because he can work on a low budget. He can say what Ferguson said for years ‘‘well there’s money there but there’s no value in the market’‘. But you look at that and think well… David Silva 23 million pounds, he might have been a good replacement for Paul Scholes. Yaya Toure 25 million, he is the box-to-box midfielder perhaps that we need. You know it has not been happening.
Roy Johnson, a United fan for 62 years said: ‘‘I think there is a reluctancy to give somebody like Moyes 150/200 million pounds – whatever the figure may be – to go out and sensibly buy the class of footballer that United require for the future.’‘
Euronews’ James Franey said: “It took Sir Alex Ferguson more than three years to win a major trophy as manager of Manchester United. He even faced down a campaign for him to be sacked.
‘‘Supporters of David Moyes said he needed time to turn it around. But English football is a very different sport from all those years ago. Money and commercial success mean everything. The club’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champion League will cost it some 50 million euros”.