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Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision
21 Oct 2014 21:09
Alex Ferguson insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes were not followed prior to the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as his Manchester United successor.
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Moyes took charge of the Red Devils in the summer of 2013 as defending Premier League champions following Ferguson's retirement. However, by April of this year he had been sacked after a disastrous campaign which saw United miss out on a place in European competition.
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It had been widely thought that Ferguson had hand-picked Moyes as the man to replace him at Old Trafford, but in excerpts of his updated autobiography published in The Guardian, he is at pains to point out that was not the case, and that it was a club decision.
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"There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process. Nonsense," he writes.
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"We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally."
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Ferguson also writes about how, as results continued to go against Moyes, he felt "the walls squeezing in" on the new man, which reminded him of his own early struggles at United in the late 1980s prior to the glory years which followed over the next two decades.
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"As the results deteriorated, each defeat was a hammer blow to him," Ferguson recalled.
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"I could see that in his demeanour. In January we bought Juan Mata and that gave everyone a lift, but I could see the walls squeezing in, leaving David with less and less room to breathe. I know that feeling from 1989, when we went through a terrible spell.
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"You feel you are being crushed. The results gnawed away at David. Nobody could dispute how disappointing the season was. And it cost a man his job."
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