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    Two Clashing Thoughts over MU’s Leadership – Both Have Defects


    It is obvious that this season doesn’t belong to Manchester United.

    Seventh in the Premier League, knocked out of the FA and Capital One cups, everyone knows that tough times are ahead them. Furthermore, a 3-0 win against Olympiakos didn’t seem like an equal victory compared to the humiliating 3-0 loss against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

    To make matters worse, the market has mirrored the mood on the field.  Manchester United’s poor performance not only created a decrease in revenue from ticket and merchandise sales but also presented a risk of increasing costs due to new players. With Deutsche Bank forecasting an 11% increase in the club’s operating costs over the next fiscal year, MANU is no longer recommended to investors. This drop in performance is often believed to have started since there was a leadership change at the head of the team.

    Public and supporters opinions have created pressure for another change in the team, complete with a rumor that van Persie is pitching for van Gaal as the successor to Moyes. David Moyes, who previously managed Everton FC based in Liverpool, replaced Sir Alex Ferguson who retired at the end of 2012-2013 season.

    However, the situation in the dressing room and the boardroom is completely different. Moyes still retains significant support there. Ed Woodward, Bobby Charlton, the Glazer family, and in particular Ferguson himself were reportedly unwilling to dismiss this 50 year old Scot. Ferguson even determined that Moyes will get time in the job.

    One thing that might by lost from the public eye is that in addition to talented players, leaders are also groomed, as are managers. We know that Manchester United is famous for grooming new talent, and most people would agree that Ferguson was a great coach. Unfortunately, prior to all defects existent in Moyes’ leadership, we never saw this great coach closely training another aspiring coach to become his successor. We also never saw both the coach-in-training and his players being groomed to understand and trust each other.


    What happened at Manchester United is a loud sign that it takes time to grow a great leader.

    Pict 1. David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson, taken from dailymail.co.uk
    Moyes replaces Ferguson who retired last season.

    Pict 2. MANU stock chart, taken from nasdaq.com
    MANU’s drop in performance reached it worse point at the beginning of this year.


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