Monday 9 December 2019


A poisoned chalice but Moyes flopped

AFTER reading Ciarán Brennan's review of your coverage of David Moyes' departure from Manchester United in Have Your Say last week, I'd like to throw in my tuppence worth.

As a United supporter for 46 years, I wasn't surprised at their poor display. I didn't expect it to be as bad as it transpired, but it's been coming for a while now.

Brennan quotes Eamonn Sweeney saying no one could have predicted such a fall from grace, but I did and have been saying it since Ronaldo left the club. United got £80+ million for him and didn't reinvest it where it was badly needed – midfield.

With Scholes and Giggs not getting any younger, Ferguson had blinkers on when it came to the transfer market: preferring wingers to central playmakers and pathetically citing lack of value as an excuse. Last season's title win was down more to other teams' failings than any dominance on United's part.

Also key areas, like both full-backs, were neglected and, all in all, David Moyes was faced with a poisoned chalice when he took over. But he certainly didn't help himself by making 51 different team selections in 51 games.

Surely continuity is the key to any successful team? Also, he was far too quick to give Rooney a new richer contract when the player's talents are clearly waning. Moyes never convinced me as a potential United manager and I feel Giggs needs a few years' experience under his belt before he assumes control at Old Trafford. Whoever does take over has a huge task on his hands, but if he does it right, lays the right foundations and gets in the key players needed, I'm prepared to wait a few seasons for United to rule at the top again.

Paul McGlade

Sad to see Cats

adopt Nash tactics

WHAT a shock to the system it was to see TJ Reid adopt the Kanturk style of penalty-taking at Thurles last Sunday. We, the hurling fraternity, see ourselves as a somewhat distinct species. Now we see a Kilkenny player adopt a style of penalty-taking that was honed on the Gaelic football fields of Duhallow.

What next? Will Kilkenny attempt to regain the All-Ireland title using tactics more at home on the playing fields of Kilcar, Glenties or the Inishowen Peninsula? What must Sim Walton, Lory Meagher, Jim Langton and other deceased Kilkenny freetakers be thinking?

Is nothing sacred any more?

Dermot Kavanagh

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