Whenever a new manager arrives, they always have to make tough decisions. What players fit into their plans, who to bring in to improve the squad. Another decision is what to do with the current coaching staff.
David Moyes has decided to change the coaching setup at Old Trafford. The setup at United was a successful one but Moyes has decided to go for his own approach.
Mike Phelan had been at United for 12 years. Phelan started off coaching in United’s centre of excellence but was promoted to first team coach in 2001 after Steve McClaren left. When Carlos Queiroz left to manage Portugal, Phelan was given the chance to take over his role as Assistant Manager.
Eric Steele was the Manchester United goalkeeping coach and was at United for five years. He has been instrumental in the development of David de Gea. Steele was the man that watched De Gea at Atlético Madrid and made United go for him. When the Spaniard arrived, he was at fault for several goals and was getting a lot of criticism in the press. Steele was always his biggest fan and worked hard with David. The improvement in de Gea has been enormous. He is now one of the best Goalkeepers in the world and was voted in the PFA Team of the Year last season.
Many people feel that the biggest loss will be Rene Meulensteen. The first team coach has also been relieved of his duties by David Moyes. The Dutchmen is a highly regarded coach and was key in the developments in Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s been rumoured that he will succeed Roberto Martinez as Wigan manager. Robin van Persie has praised the work that Meulensteen has done. Van Persie said this about Meulensteen.
“The way he trains is exceptional. He truly is one of the best coaches in the world. I have had a lot of good trainers, but it’s the way he prepares our team for the games. Every match is different, so every training session building up to the game is unique. We know exactly what to expect and he wins points for us through his training.”
It’s a tough decision on whether to stick with a winning formula or start afresh. The coaches at Manchester United were world class and it will be a top job to replicate them. But Moyes has decided that his coaching staff at Everton will join him in his new job at Manchester United.
His assistant Steve Round, goalkeeping coach Chris Woods, scout Robbie Cooke and former Manchester United player Phil Neville are all expected to make up Moyes coaching staff.
Some people believed that Moyes should have stuck with Ferguson’s staff. But they were Ferguson’s men. They might of helped Moyes settle into the job at Old Trafford and it may have helped make a smoother transition of changing managers, but it would have felt like Ferguson’s shadow would of been hanging over him.
Moyes has made the right decision. He needs to stamp his own mark on Manchester United. He needs a fresh start to build his own legacy.