The Moyes Era: First EventsBy: Ian | May 24th, 2013
Morning, folks. It is not yet a full week since the final weekend of the Premier League and I already miss it. However, behind the scenes, things keep on moving and more than most at Utd. These last few days have seen the first cogs and wheels of the Moyes era start to turn. Thus far, and I know it’s early days, I would have to say things are looking positive. So let’s discuss that, then I have a few housekeeping points for anyone who reads this.
The picture always contains the biggest news, and this post is no exception. Rio Ferdinand has, as was widely expected, signed a new one-year contract extension. This campaign was an excellent one for Rio, and he fully deserved to stay. But the deal is significant in other ways, for it is the first official move under the new management, and I don’t just mean Moyes. The actual deal was taken care of Ed Woodward, the chap who is replacing David Gill, and rubber-stamped by David Moyes. It would take so brave/stupid men to make their first move a rejection of Ferdinand’s request to stay, so although that situation may be far-fetched and bordering on the ludicrous, it’s nice to see a solid, definitive move. Ferdinand’s quotes said it was pretty much a no-brainer, and Moyes echoed the sentiments, saying: “It is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club and I think even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room, so I am delighted he has signed a new contract. I am looking forward to working with him.”Any story about Ferdinand’s immediate is now killed. Moving on.
Perhaps you would like to be made aware of the Rooney situation? Well, it is still all a bit up in the air, but the tension seems to have gone out of it, particularly in the media. Those who like to look deeply into such things might make something of the fact Rooney is featured in advertisements for both the 2013 Tour and the new 2013/2014 home kit. I am now reading the situation as more of a move of frustration by Rooney, insofar that he did indeed request to leave, SHOULD the current situation of his side-lining continue. Sorting Rooney out is the next challenge for David Moyes, but it has reported that the new manager wants to work with him, and won’t just cast him aside. However, whatever is to come on that score, Rooney needs to do his part. Once again, should he stay, he has to put in some bloody hard work to get his performance levels up (Ferguson’s statement: “a Rooney in form would never be substituted” is completely correct) and give the fans something in return for their hard-earned money. It may sound like sour grapes, but watching a guy refuse to work to his ability when he’s on something in the region of £200,000 to £300,000 a week hurts. If only the man would remember how many people would gladly swap with him.
Oh, big news. Scholes has come out of retirement for a second time! Before you get too excited, it’s only for the legends game against Real Madrid that’s coming up.
Now, housekeeping. If you get this far, you may be aware that the ManUtd Offside is effectively a bewildered, breathing man on a battlefield of corpses. Click any of the links for other clubs on the banner at the top of the page, and it will take you to something so out of date it makes a black and white movies look modern. EXCEPT, Liverpool’s page. Back when we used to get viewing figures, Liverpool’s was always one of the biggest blogs. Click that link and you will be taken to a shiny place where things are wonderful. Since the move in site ownership, the new owners, SBNation, seem to have retained this popular blog and it benefits from a prime listing on their website of blogs. There is also another Liverpool blog alongside it, for a company of two. Utd, meanwhile, have the one, the Busby Babe. You cannot find any evidence this blog, the ManUtd Offside exists, which may partly explain why so few come here. There are only a select few comments from a few loyal contributors and this season’s total growth in social network ‘likes’ is 7. As hard as it is to say, I do not have the time (I will soon have even less) to commit to something that yields such a low return (that’s my economics degree talking there).
Therefore, I am having what might be seen as a final throw of the dice. I contacted SBNation earlier in the year about adding new writers. I received a reply that all I need do is send the new folks’ details and it would be set up. I have done that several times, and tried to follow it up. Absolutely no reply, which is annoying for me and also for the new writers. Interestingly, I got quite a few responses I was not expecting after I put up the post for a new writer. It proves that some people are visiting this site, but do not engage in anything other than reading it, if even that. I understand if you do not want to comment, but along with social media, it is the only measure I have of how I am doing.
I have now contacted SBNation again, for help. Given what I have just described, I do not expect a response anytime soon. However, I have asked either to blog for the existing Utd website they own, the Busby Babe, or to have greater assistance with this one. I would personally prefer the latter, given all the work I’ve done for it over the season. Ideally, although I don’t know what will achieve it, I would like this site to be listed on SBNation’s page, so people are aware of it and we can get some traffic. Even more ideally, I would like an upgrade from this clunky old thing to more like what Liverpool have. On the other hand, I could understand why SBNation would ignore the Offside blogs, they are largely abandoned. But I want this one to live again. I need to achieve this before the start of the new season, really. My work commitments from then on will restrict my time severely. With new writers and proper assistance, I think this could be a good thing we have here. I shall keep you posted of any developments. If you have any thoughts or suggestions in the meantime, do let me know in the comments.