The downfall of David Moyes: How Eurosport (like everyone else) saw it coming


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Following fierce speculation for much of the season that intensified during the previous 24 hours, David Moyes has finally been sacked as the manager of Manchester United.

After an emasculating 2-0 defeat to Moyes’ old club Everton - in which Roberto Martinez’s victors played like the dynamic multi-time Premier League champions and the Red Devils resembled their upper-mid-table prey - reports spread like wildfire that United would cut their losses on the Scot after 11 sobering months.

The story originated from local reporters working for the Daily Telegraph – which correctly broke the story of Moyes’ predecessor, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, retiring at the end of last season - and, quite unsurprisingly, they just so happened to be true.

The signs had been there for some time. In fact, let us take you back over 2014 so far, a year which has seen just about every Eurosport and former footballer expert, one-by-one, lose faith in the ideal that David Moyes’ sterling work at Goodison Park for 11 years would translate into glory at the highest level.

As early as September, Eurosport editor Reda Maher said both Manchester clubs got their managerial appointments wrong but that City would cope better with Manuel Pellegrini's positive style of play: READ HERE

In January, his colleague Josh Hayward said that United could have salvaged their top four chances if they embraced the ‘quick axe’ that so many clubs before them have chosen to do in a panic: READ HERE

Managing editor Alex Chick couldn’t help but laugh at just how poor Moyes’ United were in the first half of the season a few days later, comparing the team to Mrs Brown’s Boys: READ HERE

Liam Happe subscribed to the theory that Moyes would need time to follow in Fergie’s footsteps… until the mother of tactical blunders at home to then-bottom Fulham in February: READ HERE

The infamous 3-0 humbling by title favourites Liverpool last month left Eurosport’s football chief Tom Adams adamant that United could maintain more continuity by firing Moyes than trying to make it work: READ HERE

That same result had former United right-back Paul Parker furious about the performances of everyone from players to staff – his incendiary rant a few days later is a must-read: READ HERE

Ex-footballer and regular Eurosport blogger Jan Molby saw a sad irony less than two weeks ago in how Man Utd continued to gamble their reputation on Moyes, who absolutely refused to take risks as his side racked up the bad results: READ HERE

One of our writers, meanwhile, saw positives in Moyes’ recent results...

Regular features writer Desmond Kane saw a touch of the Fergusons about the way Moyes and United came back from 2-0 down to get past Olympiacos in the Champions League last-16: READ HERE

Alas, it appears that Moyes was not afforded the chance to try and prove Des's optimism to be well-founded. But much like with this collection of features, there was far more negative in David's reign than positive.

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