Date: 19th August 2018 at 12:55pm
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Finding ourselves at the bottom of the table, with no points from two games, does strange things to your mind.

After spending in excess of £100 million this summer, we anticipated that the side would get off to a flying start.

Perhaps we neglected to remember that new signings take time to settle in and a side containing them needs time to gel.

But, returning to those previously mentioned strange things, I noticed something in the Sunday press that intrigued me.

According to the respected news source, the Times, the last incumbent of the managerial hot-seat, before Manuel Pellegrini took over, is amongst the front-runners to take over as the new manager of the USA national team.

David Moyes, who replaced Slaven Bilic, did exactly what he was asked to do during his short tenure as our boss, namely, ensuring we kept our Premier League status.

Which, with those strange thoughts still circulating in my head, begs me to ponder over how Moyes would have fared if he’d been given the opportunity to strengthen the squad as readily as Pellegrini has.

Any thoughts on the subject matter would be greatly appreciated in our comments facility beneath this article.


3 Replies to “Strange Thoughts On The Sunday Morning After The Bournemouth Defeat”

  • Its impossible to say because he would of bought different players and sold different players !! The difference is simply the formation would of probably been…x3 c/def, x2 w/backs (best attacking at home, best defensive away), x1 def mid (to play in front of back 3), x3 mid’s (creating a diamond with the def mid) and x1 striker.

    eg (with current squad players).

    Balbuena, diop, ogbonna

    fredericksi (h) rice masuaku (h)
    zabaleta (a) cresswell (a)

    obiang noble



    I doubt we would of lost 4-0 at Liverpool with moyes in charge and with that line up, probably still lost but probably 2-0 not 4-0. And that line up (with home wingbacks) should of got something from yesterdays match, probably winning 1-0 in a tight match. It really needs sorting out fast with the matches we have coming up.

  • Rice is the holding midfielder in the above……its come out different from how I typed it…sorry.

  • If Moyes had full rein over transfer policy, rather than the Chairman and son interfering, and assuming that he originally had some say in the January 2008 transfer targets, he would have bought Mario, William C. from Sporting Lisbon and Dendonker. He would have additionally gone for a British influx (British born or playing in British leagues). A Scottish raid for a defender or two (he has good Scottish scouting connections) and Celtic’s Dembele, with Bounemouth or WBA strikers (King and Rondon) or someone similar.
    Chico would have left the club as he was totally overlooked for a starting position by Moyes at WHU and Man Utd, Possible raid for Fellani (from his Everton and Man Utd. stints).
    Not sure who he would have targeted as the marque signing, possibly any one of the players the likes of the Italian or Spanish top clubs were trying to offload for inflated prices. He wouldn’t be able to sell the ‘new project’ in the way that Pellegrini has, so would have to sell it based on salary.
    One problem I can see, is that he has never had much of a transfer kitty wherever he has managed, so it would be questionable how wisely he would have spent similar fortune to that made available to Pellegrini.
    I believe that he would perhaps have added three new players to his starting lineup, adding more steel to the defence, William C. as DM, Mario in his loan period position and a new striker alongside Arnnie.
    Moyes’ if given a long contract and a mandate for the future would have guaranteed us a permanent 6th to10th position and given a decent transfer kitty over the next 5 years would have broken into the top 5.
    Whether he would have been brave enough to promote any of the youth squad into a regular starting place in the first team is also questionable. All managers are plagued by the need for instant results and success which is severely hampering the development of the younger players, although from Pellegrini’s purchase of a number of U23 players, it seems that he is building for the future and will be prepared to take the risk of introducing them if they reach the necessary standard.

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