Former Manchester United manager David Moyes says that Jose Mourinho’s issues in the Old Trafford hotseat this season show how tough a job it is.
Moyes was sacked after eight months in charge in 2013, having taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson, and Louis van Gaal did little better and left after two underwhelming seasons. But Mourinho’s record has been worse than either of his two predecessors and the current Sunderland boss believes it’s because of the pressure.
“In some ways it does show that it maybe was not just down to Moyes,” Moyes was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“The Manchester United job will be tough for anybody who takes it, whether it be Mourinho, Van Gaal or Moyes. It is always going to be a tough job, because you are following probably the finest manager in our time [Ferguson].”
Moyes insists that whoever takes charge at Old Trafford needs trust and time in order to bring success back.
“Manchester United need stability, and it is a football club that has always trusted itself, trusted its managers, believed in their managers, and certainly given their managers time to do the right job,” he said. “It is a great club.
“I had my time there, and it has passed on to somebody else. I am just saying it is a great job. Jose is a top manager, as was LVG, but it is difficult for whoever goes to Manchester United.
“Do Mourinho and Van Gaal’s struggles put my reign in context? I am glad you are saying that, because I have always felt that. I felt that it would take time, but it is football.”