English Premiership

Allardyce questions Moyes backing

2014-09-25 10:31
Sam Allardyce (File)

Cape Town - West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he feels sorry for David Moyes as the Scot wasn't given the support he needed to succeed at Manchester United.

Moyes took over the reins at Old Trafford ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, but did not even last one season as the Red Devils failed to match the high standards that had been set under Sir Alex Ferguson.

New United boss Louis van Gaal has splashed the cash following his arrival, bringing in Ander Herrera (£29m), Luke Shaw (£27m), Marcos Rojo (£16m), Angel di Maria (£59.7m), Daley Blind (£14m) and Radamel Falcao (£6 million loan).

This is an outlay that is in contrast to that of Moyes, whose only major signings across two transfer windows were Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m) and Juan Mata (£37.1m).

Allardyce believes this underlines how Moyes was not backed sufficiently to ensure that his tenure got off to a successful start.

“If I was sat at home in David’s shoes, I would be wondering why they didn’t spend the £150m with me,” Allardyce told The Sun.

“There was a complacency by United in not going out and delivering the signings David felt he needed. Now there’s a panic on.

“He will obviously look at what he might have done better but he should have got the players and he tells me he didn’t get any of them.

“It was difficult enough taking over from Alex Ferguson but if, when you take over, you don’t get what you want, it’s so much harder.

“It was a great shame because he’d done everything right at Everton and Sir Alex saw the fact he wanted to build at United like he had done at Everton.

“I’m not so sure anybody would have been successful in that season – history tells you that. Look at other examples, like when Brian Clough took over from a legend in Don Revie at Leeds and only lasted 44 days.”

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