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Robbie

Yes. Also, and linked: Mourinho doesn't stick around. I'm a big Mourinho fan, but he's not a long-term guy, and Manchester Utd want one because the last one they had was so successful and that's how people think about stuff.

Doesn't mean the next long-term one will be. Might be.

I hate Man Utd, but almost everything about how Ferguson has run the team, and the club has been run, frankly, has been really, frustratingly admirable.

CJAMcMahon

It does appear to be a wise move, given the reasons you have outlined, and the cultural and psychological similarity between the two men.

But it does rest on the belief that a managerial culture of nearly three decades length can be prolonged on another's shoulders. It's quite an assumption to assume that Moyes will be able to take over the leadership of such an organisation with no interregnal hiccups. In fact, his leadership is already being challenged by Rooney.

Of course, the real question is not how many such problems Moyes encounters, but how long he is allowed by the club to deal with them. I suspect it will be significantly shorter than Ferguson was allowed when he began, given the level the club is now at. Having been chosen for his similarities to his predecessor, he will be expected to continue his practices, rather than introducing his own, largely because of the substantial differences in trophy count. He will be living under Ferguson's shadow for quite some time and this will undermine his own leadership - he might be *like* Fergusson, but he isn't Fergusson.

From that perspective, it might have been wiser to opt for a change in culture, rather than attempting to continue it. It'll take a few years, but I doubt this will end well.

RobH

Would it be churlish to point out that you've misspelt Mourinho throughout?

Boris Bold

I remember when Moyes was at Preston and the move to Everton was considered too big a jump by many people. One thing for certain is that Moyes is in it for the long term and I'd suggest is a proven manager.

I wish him luck, but not too much and not every week - I'm a Darlington fan and my two children are Liverpool fans.

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