However unfashionable it is to criticise David Moyes these days, you can't help wondering who advises him on the signing of peripheral/loan players. In the last six months he has managed to unearth three absolute gems in Wessels, Gravesen and now Gardner.
I can't imagine that he had ever seen the German goalkeeper "perform" or, indeed, studied his record much. One thing that is certain, however, is that he unearthed the natural successor to Dickie Wright!
As far as "Mad Dog" is concerned Moyes's old mate Strachan really worked one across him there for virtually every newspaper in Scotland had reported for months that the old boy's legs had gone and Celtic couldn't wait to get rid.
And so we come to Anthony Gardner, Spurs' permanent "Sick-note" almost since the day he joined them. Quite how he managed to get Euro cup-tied is a mystery about a man who makes about a dozen appearances a season! But apart from the fact that he's out until Easter, he'll be a useful addition for the run-in, wont he?
Now I know that to write in this vein is to evoke the wrath of those for whom Moyes is God but before you tell me how successful have been the loan signings of Pienaar and Fernandes, consider how much more comfortable we would feel if the three players I have mentioned were even slightly capable of making a meaningful contribution. Then you could say Moyes was a prudent manager!
Neil Manders, Posted 07/02/2008 at 09:38:53
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1 Posted 07/02/2008 at 18:29:03
I love the way that you idiots refer to anyone who supports their (currently quite succesful) team’s manager in some ridiculous hyperbolic way. I don’t think ’Moyes is God’, but that doesn’t stop me supporting him. Anyone with an ounce of footballing common sense would support Moyes as a ’total package’, despite legitimate reservations one may have.
I’m sorry mate, but Moyes is a pretty good manager and he’s made us a pretty good team. Try not to get too upset by this.
2 Posted 07/02/2008 at 19:02:11
3 Posted 07/02/2008 at 19:27:54
4 Posted 07/02/2008 at 19:10:05
Of course, if we trip up down the stretch i’ll be joining all you loyalists with the pitch forks and torches. There is a good chance by the end of the season Keegan will be availible, so we may have that to fall back on.
Onward and upward, COYB.
5 Posted 07/02/2008 at 20:09:59
Worth getting through dozens of crocks....
6 Posted 07/02/2008 at 20:26:52
You can pick fault with any managers transfer dealings but all things considered I think Moyes is, to say the least a very prudent manager.
7 Posted 07/02/2008 at 22:05:57
Arteta, Yobo, Pienaar, Fernandes.
Admittedly there have been some sh*te, ie Graveson is probably the best example.
Its a little unfair to pass judgement on Gardner just yet, let the lad play a few games then judge!
PS, he?s not out til Easter>>>read>>
8 Posted 07/02/2008 at 23:09:43
Wessels looked good at the start of the season, it was only the terrible Oldham game where he showed us how poor he has become with sitting on the bench for 3 months.
Gardener and Graveson were panic loans brought on by the loss of Stubbs and the failing to sign Fernandes respectively, they would never have been here if the two players mentioned were still with us at the time.
Moyes is not God, he is a fairly competent manager. One which I am glad is taking our club forward and to use loan deals to have a dig at hm is beyond pathetic
9 Posted 08/02/2008 at 00:23:26