David Moyes becomes the latest recent victim of ‘bad’ football advisers

April 24, 2014 7:03 pm0 comments by:

David Moyes

The idea that football is a team game is gradually losing its justification. Football clubs sacking their manager has always been in existence. However, the frequency of dismissing and hiring a new manager  is very close. Football managers have become dispensable as owners look for a quick fix to success. It has been obvious in most cases that the football owners have acted in a haste and in a foolish manner. The disappointing part for me  is that football managers are blamed by the owners for taking ill advised drastic actions to save the club. It is never the fault of the owners, players or fans.
In my view,there is another party ‘bad’ ‘football advisers’  that never seem to be mentioned in the press or media. Football advisers are the crucial  part of the recruitment process. They are clever to play a crucial part in a decision making process but  stay away from the firing line. They take applauds for a successful appointment but shy away from bad failures. It is the ‘bad’ football advisers that should be brought to the media to justify their  recommendations. They earn a lot for their services and avoid responsibilities for bad recommendations.
Recently, David Moyes became the latest victim of a bad football adviser. The owners of Manchester United decided to take their previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s suggestion based on football advisers recommendation. Although, he suggested David Moyes as the chosen one to replace him in July 2013. I will be surprised, if they did not seek confirmation from their football advisers. The season has not completed but already they made up their mind to relieve him of his duties.
The word team in any context suggests more than one individual is in agreement However, it is clear that Moyes has been alone and not in unison with fans, board, football advisers and even the players. The story unfolding shows a disagreement as to whether Moyes’s capability to steer the team to further success. In my view, sacking a manager so soon after an appointment reflects badly on the board’s ability to make the right decision. It is even reflect badly on supposed football advisers.
In most cases, a formal interview is conducted to decide whether each short list is a fit for the objective. The interviewee is always going to show or try to impress the interviewer with their answers. The appointment is made upon the outcome and to decide within a short period to sack the person is a sign of weakness on the interviewer.
The appointment of David Moyes might not be a perfect example to throw the blame at bad football advice. As, it appears he was already rubber stamped to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson without due diligence. However, this scenario surely does not apply to numerous sacking regularly witnessed or heard throughout the game of football.
Fans of African nations have experienced this feeling of witnessing quick hiring and firing of managers. The difference between the existing situation at professional clubs and the African national teams tends to be the cause of the action. Whilst in the past African national federation boards have cited finance as reason for their action. Football clubs have levied coaching ability, trust and lack of unity as the reasons.
This brings me to why football is losing its team ethic and bad football advisers should be blamed for failure to pick the right person. There is an additional issue that is becoming a major factor in my view. Players are becoming selfish to the extent that they do not promote anything that is not beneficial to them. Again, they are advised by football advisers.
We start every day with either hope or anguish. As the day unfolds end up with determination. It continues the next day regardless of our previous experience. However, the number of times it changes from hope to anguish is determined by our mental strength, beliefs and skill set. Football players like to create a situation that keeps them away from anguish. There is nothing inappropriate about creating an environment that promotes individual success. My disappointment is that the individual action taken appears to have no consideration on the impact to the team.
The stories that keeps unfolding and prevalent in all football  manager dismissals cites player’s lack of confidence and trust in the manager’s ability. You rarely witness a story that indicates the board as the weak link. The statement that keeps being issued to the press makes the manager as the weak link in the failure. I am not entirely leaving the blame at the board’s footsteps but it will be honest and fair to at least expect a few statements to take the blame.
Surely, all cases where a team has not succeeded is not down to the manager’s fault. I agree that the role involves guarding the team to success. However, it is possible that coach is very good and it is the fault of the football advisers are to be blamed for the failure.

Obioma Aguocha

Self Publisher:The Guide to being the Best(Paperback) 2007 &Sporting Success Simplified (E-book) 2012

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