A New Era For Manchester.
Earlier this week Manchester United announced the news that Sir Alex Ferguson will be retiring at the end of this season. This has left thousands of United fans in an state of shock as their best ever manager has stepped down leaving a gaping hole where he used to be. Salt has been added to the wound by the fact that Scholes, Mike Phelan and the much loved kit man Albert may also all be leaving or retiring this summer. United have entered a new era and it has left fans anxious on what to expect especially with the signing of Everton manager David Moyes on a 6 year deal.
Things really have changed at the home of the champions.
Moyes has been hugely admired for many seasons due to his hard work at Everton which has resulted in them finishing above arch-rivals Liverpool two seasons in a row with very little money to spend. This is been a great achievement in itself but one can argue this is his only achievement. He has yet to win any form of silverware and has next to no real experience in Europe apart from a couple of years in the Europa League. He will be under huge expectations at United and he only has a few ways to ease himself well into the job. Firstly he needs to make at least one big signing. I was at the match this weekend and many people I spoke to agreed that they are concerned that he won’t sign many big people because it is obvious that City’s new manager will spend very big to try and reclaim the league. Secondly he has to sort out the Rooney situation instantly. Rooney is no a hated figure by the United fans due to his recent actions and it would be best for Moyes and the club if we finally get rid of Rooney once and for all and finally give the majority of the fans what they want. Lastly he needs to compete in his first year. Moyes will be given time before the fans start to turn on him I predict most likely 2-3 years before things start to heat up. I think if he competes on all fronts in his first season even without securing a trophy he will be fine. But it is a difficult task ahead for Moyes by replacing one of the greatest managers of all time.
But United are not the only Manchester club in managerial change this summer. Late Monday night it was announced that Mancini has been sacked and the search for a new man starts immediately. Manchester City fans were left outraged after the man that brought them their first title in forty-four years and two F.A. Cups has been sacked after only one very poor season overall. However it is no big surprise that Mancini has been sacked he has completely failed in Europe two years running, has been embarrassed in his sides attempt to regain the title and the final star was losing the F.A. Cup final to lowly Wigan. In my opinion Mancini is not as good of a manager as everyone claims but he does deserve better than this. He does not deserve to be sacked after only one year.
But City now have a very big problem, who to hire now. The overwhelming favourite is Pellgrini from Malaga which is a decent choice because Malaga play some of the most attractive football in I have ever seen and many people agree that their football is something to be admired. But it is apparent that Pellgrini does not want to leave Malaga and is more being forced out than willingly leaving. A manager that does not really want to be at a club is not the way forward for Manchester City so this leaves three managers all of whom are very unlikely to want to go to Manchester City. They are Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp. But I cannot see any of them going to City anytime soon as Pep has agreed to join Munich, Jose will only go to Chelsea and Klopp has stated several times he wants to stay at Dortmund for a long time. This leaves City with very managers to choose from. Which is a very big problem
I think overall despite losing the best manager of all time Manchester United are in better shape than Manchester City at this moment in time, but has the power started to shift away from Manchester?