This week saw David Moyes arrive at Old Trafford with his trusted lieutenants at his side and begin the unenviable task taking over from Sir Alex. There is no such thing as dipping a toe in to test the temperature of the water, more like having to dive in headfirst without even having time to take your socks off.
Firstly – bring over your coaching staff – Steve Round, as assistant manager, Jimmy Lumsden, coach, and Chris Woods, goal-keeping coach –from previous club, Everton. “I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club,” said Moyes.
Next, promote Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs, 39, into his first coaching role as player/coach, and appoint former Man Utd player, Phil Neville, 36, as first team coach.
Then deal with the futures of Wyane Rooney, Captain, Nemanja Vidic (who has 12 months left on his contract), and Vice Captain, Patric Evra – it is rumored all three may leave the club.
On Thursday meet the team and take charge of the first training session with the new players. And finally on Friday – take part in the first press conference and begin to feel the enormity of how much pressure the new role will bring, while facing a room packed with journalists and tv crews, who will broadcast every word globally.
Next week will be a little easier – Wednesday, jet out with the team for what will be the longest tour in the clubs history, covering 23,260 miles.
On August 11 (after matches in Sweden, along with a Testimonial game for Rio Ferdinand being thrown in there), try and win the first trophy as Man Utd manager against Wigan at Wembley Stadium in the Charity Shield.
Then and only then, on August 17th, take charge of the first Premier League game, on August 17th, away against Swansea.
And if that isn’t enough try and deal with the pressure that comes with having previous manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in the background, who has promised to try and keep out of the way to relieve some of the pressure.
Lets hope Mr Moyes is good at holding his breath while swimming, it maybe a longtime before he gets chance to come up for air.