David Moyes Conspiracy Theory (not to be taken too seriously)
11 January, 2014 06:29
I enjoy conspiracy theories quite a bit and try to find them wherever I can, just for a bit of entertainment if some of you are also into that sort of thing. I also did little to no research so if I'm completely wrong about anything don't tear me apart. Take it with a grain of salt.
Was David Moyes hired to be a fall guy? Is Moyes being set up to fail by the United board? A better question is, is the board aware of an imminent decline in money being made available for transfers over the next few seasons?
Using Arsenal as a measuring stick, lets explore our own recent history. Up until the Emirates was being built, we were on a healthy patch of silverware with little to no club debt. Stadium is built, debt is accumulated. Very little quality is brought in, several top players sold, and a long barren patch ensues. Now look at us today. Stadium is paid for, little to no debt, Wenger has steadied the ship. We still haven't won silver but I think every Arsenal fan is holding their breath at this point.
We've taken our previous transfer record and beaten it like a stray dog, bringing in one of the absolute classiest footballers playing the game today, extended all of our brightest young players'contracts, and our youth camp is full to the brim with talent. Oh, and were top of the league to boot.
Now lets go back to United. Sir Alex Ferguson. A manager that just doesn't hear no very often. Accumulated millions in transfer debt mirroring our stadium debt, but still managed to win because they bought players, not property. Now SAF is gone, leaving a big fat debt on the board's lap. Now its time to find a new manager, one that would be favorable in the publics eye so as not to bring any fan resent on themselves. Bring in Moyes, Scottish, many years experience in top flight doing decent things at Everton.
Of course Moyes takes the job, never knowing that the purse strings are well and truly tied. Except Fellaini. Who knows if Moyes even wanted him to come with to United, but to the board it was too juicy an opportunity to pass up to push more blame towards Moyes when the stale squad began to lose. This also might possibly explain why the transfer clause wasn't activated and ended up costing a couple million more.
And what about Baines? I know Everton don't have to sell but this just seems like a perfect transfer for them that would have been wrapped up within the first week of transfer window last summer. Not resembling proof, just seems curious to me.
Now to predict the future. United's board are in a win win situation. If Moyes doesn't keep them in the CL over the next three seasons or win some silver, he will be sacked for incompetency all the while buying the board time to balance the books. If he does pull it out of the hat with a stale/disinterested squad (my diagnosis for their poor form) the board will be held as heroes and geniuses.
Over the next two seasons or so, I expect the United first team to be nearly dismantled, filling holes with a few quality players but falling back on young cheap in-house talent. They will hover between third and fifth, but not realistically challenging for the title until they are confident of their FFP situation and will begin another uptrend. Whether Moyes is still employed by them at this point is down to his own job performance but it looks like the odds are stacked pretty well against him.
Alright guys, feel free to add things or debate my points. Remember, its all just a bit of fun. But if I stop posting suddenly, United will have found this thread and surely be sending top men to silence me.