There’s a story running in today’s Telegraph newspaper that a player’s revolt is threatening the future of David Moyes as manager of Manchester United, with tactics and training methods apparently behind the players unrest.
I’ve read the article a couple of times now and there is nothing substantial in it to make me think about rushing out and backing Moyes to be the next manager sacked.
With United now having endured eight defeats in 17 games in 2014, the patience shown by the majority of Moyes’s players with his tactics and approach to the job is now at breaking point, with Telegraph Sport aware of the concern of squad members over the inability of the manager to arrest the slump. Source: The Telegraph
How much I would be reading into the above paragraph, I don’t know. It’s probably a fact that certain players aren’t happy with Moyes – it’s all but certain that the same tensions exist at almost every club up and down the country – but does it represent a players revolt and Moyes’ possible sacking?
I don’t for a minute underestimate what would happen if/when Moyes does lose the players, as his sacking would be inevitable – I’m just not convinced that this article is providing us with the smoking gun that he has lost the dressing room.
The article even suggests that the route of some of the unrest comes from players who will be heading for the exit at the end of this season (they ran a story the other week about Federico Macheda criticising Moyes), and the other main criticisms come from Paul Scholes, a man who is apparently still waiting to be invited onto the coaching staff.
David Moyes may well be the next manager out, but I don’t think this article is signalling this.
As punters we can make money from stories in the media about managers, I have traded no end of next manager markets on Betfair and made money off the back of newspaper headlines, but sometimes we have to read the stories thoroughly to see what isn’t there, as I believe is the case here.
The odds on Moyes haven’t really shifted, if anything they have lengthened as Coral now have a ‘Next Manager To Leave His Post’ market live, and they have Moyes out as an 8/1 shot, improving yesterday’s best price of 13/2 with Skybet.