Woodward backs Moyes
Published 02/07/2013 | 07:02
Ahead of crunch talks that will determine Wayne Rooney's future, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has emphasised his faith in new manager David Moyes.
Just one day after officially replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes must deal with the fall-out from his fellow Scot's spectacular spat with the England striker at the end of last season. Moyes has already had one face-to-face chat with Rooney prior to them both embarking on summer breaks. Now though, the outcome of discussions will have far greater consequences, with one source close to the situation claiming it is presently "60-40" that Rooney will leave.
Nevertheless, after confirming Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden are to form Moyes' coaching team after following him from Everton, Woodward has total confidence in the new man, and he said: "I believe with David and his new team in place, along with our current backroom staff, we can now start preparing for the new season ahead."
Woodward added: "This is an exciting and challenging time for the club and I have great belief that David and his team will have all the energy and attributes needed to help this club continue in its long-standing traditions."
With an in-house TV crew in addition to the club's own photographer on hand to capture the first shots of Moyes in his new environment, those initial moments at least were all fairly straightforward after surrounding himself with people he knows so well.
"I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club," said Moyes.
"They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. I have great faith that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years."
And there is more than just the Rooney conundrum facing Moyes.
Further pursuit of Leighton Baines, which would shove Patrice Evra towards the exit door, must be decided upon, whilst clarification on Thiago's intended move from Barcelona may also be required after the midfielder's cryptic weekend Tweet underlining his love for the Catalan giants.
With links to Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay and PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman to yield any concrete developments, Moyes will be given little time for a honeymoon period before proper pre-season work begins on Thursday.