Blind Hammer looks at Moyes’ post match Coufal’s comment.
David Moyes’ singling out of criticism for Vladi Coufal in his post Arsenal match comments has surprised many and alarmed some with its apparent unfairness.
It is unusual for Moyes to focus criticism on individual players after a game. So why did he do it?
Moyes, one time mentor and friend in the game is the legendary Alex Ferguson. It was the strength of their mutual appreciation which catapulted Moyes into the Old Trafford hot seat after Ferguson’s retirement.
It may be instructive then to reflect on Ferguson’s comments on post match media interviews. He was once asked who did he have in mind when addressing his comments after a match. Was it the supporters, the wider media, even the board?
Ferguson’s answer was none of the above. His post match interviews were unequivocally aimed at his players. Whatever the official purpose of the post match interview was, he knew his players would be riveted and paying attention to what he was saying about them to the outside world. It was part of the managerial toolbox of techniques he used to shape and motivate his squad.
If Moyes is following his one time mentor then his comments on Vladi Coufal would have been calculated. However unfair his comments may seem Moyes may well believe it is what Coufal needs to perform at his absolute peak.
Blind Hammer looks at a previous Genk clash.
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