Tuesday 25 June 2019

Shock but no surprise for Moyes

THE end, when it comes, is always sudden, or so they say.

Could we be surprised that David Moyes should lose his job? Of course not. The writing had been on the wall for far too long for anyone to feign surprise or anything like that... but shocked? Could we be a little shocked at when it happened and how it happened? That's certainly acceptable.

There was the usual glut of Twitter jokes and memes in the build-up to, during and after United's defeat against Everton. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Not even some eejit dressed up as the grim reaper – thanks to an Irish betting company, whose stunts have become increasingly wearisome – standing behind the United coach gave us much reason to think the end was nigh.

This wasn't anything out of the ordinary. This was United in 2014. Dull, listless and routinely put to the sword by a more creative force away from home.

If they hadn't sacked Moyes by now, why should this be the straw that breaks the camel's back?

Perhaps, because it was so humdrum and ho-hum. That it could come to this, Everton comfortably the winners between the two sides and nobody getting too excited about it, was reason enough in itself.

Despite all the old guff about how United aren't a sacking club and should have given Moyes more time, the Scotsman can have few complaints.

He had his chance, he blew it. There's no getting around that.