David Moyes has been backed by psychologist and former colleague Michael Finnigan, who says Moyes is the right man to manage Manchester United. But despite the intention being to support his friend, Finnigan's words ended up sounding fairly critical.
He said the following to BBC Sport regarding Moyes, with whom he worked at Everton, per ESPN.co.uk:
I know David Moyes. I have not changed my mind about him one bit. He is absolutely awesome. But he is not the kind of guy you can just drop into a situation and expect him to grasp it all instantly.
You have to give him time to get his arms around it and really understand it. That is who he is. Your due diligence would tell you that.
So to summarise, United have the right man, but he's not the kind of man who can sweep into a job and get things right straight away.
Given United's position in the league table and the struggles they've endured, Finnigan's assessment bears out so far. But will Manchester United have the patience to wait and see if the second part also bears out?
And do United have the time for Moyes to take his time in the job? As the saying goes, with friends like that, who needs enemies?