Today’s football managers appear powerless

I am not a big fan of football, but my husband is.
Manchester United manager David Moyes on the touchline. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.Manchester United manager David Moyes on the touchline. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Manchester United manager David Moyes on the touchline. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

He is an avid Liverpool supporter. In fact, there was a time when he would go to the ends of the earth to follow his beloved Liverpool FC, but now he watches nearly all the matches on television, only occasionally going to a big game at Anfield.

So, I’m sure thousands of Liverpool fans out there will agree with me that after suffering a series of terrible disappointments in recent years, Sunday was a big day for the club and its supporters as they swept aside arch rivals Manchester United, winning 3-0 at Old Trafford.

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Prior to the game, my husband was tense and nervous, and wondered whether he and his friends should have gone to the game.

However, after struggling to get match tickets, he decided to watch the match with his friends. And he returned home ecstatic and absolutely delighted Brendan Rogers’s team had won to go second in the Premier League.

While Liverpool players and fans were celebrating victory, it was a nightmare for Manchester United fans who were left incredibly sad and depressed after the humiliating defeat, with some subsequently calling for new manager David Moyes to be sacked.

Across a series of United blogs and forums, thousands of fans were quick call for Moyes to go. The former Everton manager only took over at Old Trafford from British football’s most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, last year and although his managerial transition hasn’t gone according to plan, a lot of United fans want club officials to make a swift decision about its future.

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It seems today’s football managers look more powerless than ever and the owners have the money and therefore seem to call the shots.

Unfortunately, this is the cold, hard business side of the football game in present day society.

Loyalty in football is a thing of the past. In a recent article, former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen voiced a similar opinion.

He said: “When I started at Liverpool it was still normal for the manager to have the final say on how much you should earn.

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“The chief executive was there only to assist in the contract talks and sort out the legal side. Now, we are an age away from that and the game is changing at a rapid rate.

“A British manager going in at Hull or Cardiff and hoping to manage like Sir Alex Ferguson might want to reconsider his survival strategy.”