Dave’s Seddon’s press view
David Moyes has had plenty thrown at him during his 16 years in management and many more before that as an uncompromising centre-half.
But I doubt that the tough Scotsman has never been on the end of a battering as intense as the one he got this week.
It was open season on Moyes from the moment his intended sacking by Manchester United came into the public domain on Monday afternoon.
He took a verbal beating in the Press and on social media, every headline and tweet a painful blow and kick.
But Moyes has climbed off the canvas with his dignity still intact.
His statement released via the League Manager’s Association oozed class and dignity – the polar opposite to the manner in which his dismissal was handled by United. Results would suggest that the Old Trafford club were within their rights to call time on Moyes’ tenure after a mere 10 months in charge.
But how it all played out was shabby in the least, that something which Moyes did not deserve.
He was left dangling from 2.30pm on Easter Monday when the speculation about his future first leaked out, until 8.30am the following morning when he was given his cards.
That is Conference-standard stuff, not the mark of a club who 12 months ago were winning the Premier League. By dismissing Moyes, United in one swing of the axe have joined the managerial merry-go-round.
For 26 years they stayed out of that playground game, believing in longevity rather than short-term fixes.
What if Moyes’ successor does not cut the mustard? Leave it 10 months and change again?
If every leak and whisper is to be believed, then player power was key to this week’s events.
After decades of Sir Alex Ferguson’s iron-fist rule, it seems the United players wanted to flex their muscles and get their voices heard.
By all accounts they didn’t like the training under Moyes, didn’t like his tactics and didn’t like his coaching staff either.
Louis Van Gaal will be no picnic for them if indeed it is him who lands the job.
Should he bring in Roy Keane as his assistant as has been suggested, that could really see the balloon go up.
While many have ridiculed Moyes this week, he has not been without support either.
The general feeling within football is that he won’t be without a club for very long, that’s if he wants a swift return to the coal face.
Some of the loudest support for him has come from here in Preston, the city where he still has his home and whose football club holds him in the highest regard.
North End fans have not forgotten that he is their last manager to have put silverware in the Deepdale trophy cabinet, although fingers crossed that will change come May 25 at Wembley.
Ultimately, Moyes and United did not suit one another. That does not detract from the fact that he is a very good manager and will be a far better fit elsewhere.