The departures continue: Phelan and Steele also leaveBy: Ian | May 27th, 2013
When a manager moves on, very often his background staff undergo a reshuffle to. Particularly if they are long-serving and have a good working relationship. No club seemed to express that more than Manchester United. Right down to the kit man, the reliable Albert Morgan. Kind of like Utd’s version of Disney’s Nine Old Men. Except, well, they aren’t that old. Anyway, as was widely expected, David Moyes has started making his mark and that mark starts with the backroom staff. Assistant manager, Mike Phelan, has gone. This was seen as likely. Goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, has followed him. This was not foreseen in the same way.
New man David Moyes, released a statement saying he would look to appoint his own people at some point in the future. However, I would like to register my surprise at the Eric Steele departure. Eric is the man credited with turning around David De Gea’s fortunes, with plenty of evidence to be seen in his success on the pitch. He has reportedly even, and I didn’t know this until I looked, tried to learn Spanish to help communicate with De Gea better. Given this level of commitment, and the confidence it would have given the young De Gea, I have a few reservations about that. Not because a goalkeeping coach can’t be replaced, but how well they work with the squad too matters enormously.
Speaking of working with the squad, the jury is still out on the future of popular first team coach, Rene Meulensteen. I use the word popular because he is apparently just that, and the squad reportedly very much enjoy working with him. Whether he is retained remains to be seen, but I have read in certain places, that he too will leave. This is only rumoured, but I don’t really want that one to be true.
So, there we are. Moyes has made it clear he will be imposing a new structure. I do, however, like the saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” What do you think about these early changes?