David Moyes & the Lies we are Supposed to Believe

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Everytime I try to write about this subject I can feel my levels of frustration build knowing the excuses/lies which are spewed out like pollution and I apparently have to accept them. Football management is a results driven business and, when you have a result or series of them, a judgment is determined.

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In football however context can be added to explain how a result happens. Thus allowing managers to make excuses but they have to ensure they are readily accepted and repeated. With David Moyes the man somehow has a reputation of "good with little money" and "unlucky with injuries" and "does well with the squad he has" but these are myths. At Sunderland we are seeing the lies very clearly. are spewed out like pollution and I apparently have to accept them. Football management is a results driven business and, when you have a result or series of them, a judgment is determined.

In football however context can be added to explain how a result happens. Thus allowing managers to make excuses but they have to ensure they are readily accepted and repeated. With David Moyes the man somehow has a reputation of "good with little money" and "unlucky with injuries" and "does well with the squad he has" but these are myths. At Sunderland we are seeing the lies very clearly.

The way that Moyes earned this reputation was quite easy, the media have a massive beast of content to fill and Moyes was willing to help with that. You can search in google "Moyes injuries at Everton" and see many news articles of him unhappy about injuries. Column inches filled and an easier ride for Moyes.

Someone who is good with little money is an excellent tag to have as a manager but Moyes has been exposed which is evident from his transfers. Here is a list of his purchases:


⦁ £13.6m for Dider Ndong who's ball distribution is very poor and looks very lost on the pitch but at least he runs around lot.
⦁ £9m for Papy Djilobodji which has proven to be a very poor purchase especially given the amount spent and mistakes made.
⦁ £7.5m for Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo which is interesting in that injuries have plagued their careers and so coming to us is a risk. Oviedo before his double leg break looked a good player. With Gibson he hadn't been playing football for 2 years and will not help us in the short term. Beyond the odd goal shot from outside the box he looks to not add much in the midfield.
⦁ £5.5m for Paddy McNair and Donald Love from Man United haven't impressed. Love had a torrid time against Middlesbrough's George Friend in the first home game of the season. McNair got injured but before that looked too much like a young John O'shea.
⦁ Victor Anichebe on a free signing had a great debut but really hasn’t provided the goods and has been injured often.
⦁ Steven Pienaar signed on a free and has either been suspended or injured or rubbish. Played: 9 Yellow cards: 5 Red cards: 1.
⦁ Joleon Lescott signed on a free hasn't started a match yet which is baffling as John O'Shea still starts and Lescott has got to be better than O'Shea.
⦁ Jason Denayer signed on loan from Man City and hasn't been impressive enough.
⦁ Adnan Januzai signed on loan has been inconsistent and looks too light weight though has provided a few good passes. However he doesn't see the better and most obvious pass which shows he lacks maturity.
⦁ Javi Manquiillo also signed on loan but hasn't played enough to be judged fairly.

A rebuttal to the points mentioned about Moyes transfers is that previous Sunderland managers have also been involved in some awful transfers. I would say that is a valid point in a discussion about the wider culture and problems at the club but that doesn’t excuse the Moyes problem.

You also hear the lie that Moyes is unlucky with injuries but is widely reported that Moyes does intense training sessions that cause wear on joints and so when during a competitive match the player is much more likely to suffer an injury. If you think about it how can a manager who has managed teams for so long keep getting injuries in vast numbers as he does?

He also gets credited for doing well with what players he does have but can you honestly say the team have an identity or style? I have rarely seen Sunderland dominate a team and score a goal from said dominance. The Lamine Kone situation is evidence of poor man management. Then there is the timing of his substitutions, often making them when the game is over. Wahbi Khazri is an example of someone who Moyes hasn't even attempted to get the best out of.

I think at Sunderland we have been fooled for too long by this charlatan and we could do better without him. I personally feel that we lack the players to stay up and with the recent firings of non-playing staff the club think so too and so they may aswell plan fully for championship football. Moyes does not inspire confidence in me for the future. Does he to you?

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