Moyes left all at sea by scale of United job, says former coach

Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:03pm EDT
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(Reuters) - David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club.

Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time.

Midfielder and assistant coach Ryan Giggs placed in temporary control for the final four league matches of the season while United search for a permanent successor.

Meulensteen, among a group of trusted lieutenants of former boss Alex Ferguson who Moyes removed in favor of bringing in his own backroom staff, said Moyes had paid the price for ignoring the blueprint of success forged under Ferguson.

"United were a very successful team, with many successful years behind them. The strategies in place worked. But David ignored the advice that was given to him by many of the staff in place at the time," the Dutchman told CNN.

"He opted to put his own plans in place, which he was perfectly entitled to do, but I think it backfired on him.

"I always strongly believe the performances and the results are a reflection of what is actually happening behind the door and that wasn't good enough, as simple as that."

Meulensteen said he had tried to impress upon Moyes that Everton, the club he was leaving behind, was not on the same scale as the 20-times English league winners and three times European champions.

"Don't forget, David was a respected manager in the Premier League who worked for 11 years at Everton in a very good way.   Continued...

Fulham's head coach Rene Meulensteen waves before their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at Craven Cottage in London November 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth