Former Manchester United manager David Moyes opened up about his time at Old Trafford, and he believes that the club's management was too quick to give him the sack.
The 51-year-old gave an all-encompassing interview with Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail for Sunday's paper. Moyes has never been one to display overwhelming emotion, but he was candid about his season in charge of United:
I was devastated to lose the job because it was something I felt I could make a real success of. We knew it was going to take time to make the necessary changes. It was going to take time to evolve. But we were in the process of making other important changes. In the end, I don’t feel I was given time to succeed or fail.
One of the bigger criticisms of Moyes when he took over was that he hadn't done enough to warrant leading a club as prestigious as Manchester United. He, however, disagrees that the jump from Everton to United was too great:
It was a step into the unknown and, looking back now, it was near enough the impossible job. But it was the right job for me. I’d been at Everton for more than 11 years. We’d qualified for the Champions League, got to an FA Cup final, I’d been voted manager of the season three times. I was among the most experienced managers in the Premier League. United had always had British managers.
The interview will likely do little to change the opinion of those who feel his time with Manchester United was an unmitigated disaster. Moyes' brief tenure will remain a source of comedy in perpetuity, much as Steve McClaren will always carry his ill-fated reign as England manager with him wherever he goes.
With United's 2-1 defeat to Swansea on Saturday, some, including betting service Paddy Power and CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello, used the opportunity to have fun at Moyes' expense:
Wait a minute... pic.twitter.com/r6vdEcKWVx— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 16, 2014
"Glad Van Gaal started as poorly as me." RT @MailSport: We'll be publishing an EXCLUSIVE Mail on Sunday interview with David Moyes tonight.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) August 16, 2014
Moyes said that he's considered taking a couple of different jobs since getting sacked, highlighting Galatasaray in particular. He'd like to return to club management but only in the right situation.
The interview is certainly worth a read if you want to get a better idea of what was going on behind the scenes this time last year and what led to United's poor finish.
Following a legend is never easy, and in retrospect, it looks more and more like Moyes inherited a poisoned chalice. Manchester United's problems go deeper than simply the manager.
The success or failure of Louis van Gaal will go a long way toward painting a more realistic picture on how Moyes should be remembered.