He finally started to do that in January where he was clear that everyone is playing for their futures at this club and he will be forcing people not up to standard out of the door. Anderson and Fabio were made examples of. He sounded like a man you don't want to mess with. But with poor form on the pitch he could not keep that act up and meek Moyes came back with a vengeance.
It is now so bad that yesterday when a Greek journalist, in the pre-match press conference, asked him "How do you think Olympiakos will play, to keep possession or on the counter?", David Moyes replied "Both.". I watched that press conference live and when I heard him say that my heart sank. Keeping possession and counter attacking are mutually exclusive tactics. He eventually rectified his comment by saying that Olympiakos this year have generally had less possession in all of their games and so he expects that to continue - so he HAS done his research. But his confidence is so brittle now that he can't even answer such a simple question with authority. This lack of authority is why most of the players have lost confidence in him.
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Vidic did this over the new year and I don't think it is coincidence that the performances of the entire team have nose dived since then. The other 2 "leaders" at the club, Patrice Evra and former England captain, Rio Ferdinand, have not committed their futures either because they're looking elsewhere too. These players are the Scholes and Giggs of the last generation, the leaders that define the winning culture of the club. When they give up, it doesn't matter whether it is Moyes or any other manager, the club will mentally fail.
Wayne Rooney's ridiculous demands have ensured he will have an easy retirement. He will coast through the rest of his career and go down as a "legend" of the club. Call me cynical but Robin van Persie's surprise desire for a new contract stinks of the same thing - to take advantage of a club lacking options. Don't be surprised if he will demand £300k a week as well, a figure he will not get elsewhere at this age.
is this the end of an era?
If we do not have the right players already lined up and there is no upturn in the on field fortunes before the year ends we must replace Moyes. Sorry but there is no other option. We have to put someone like Hiddink in place - a top name that himself will attract players to the club. Someone that commands instant respect. We can't afford to drop to a non-champions league level for another transfer window. Players such as Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville should be on the staff and learn from the boss and in time one of them take over the club.
Until then we must trust in Moyes.