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Coufal: Moyes may have been doing a Sir Alex

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.

Good Managers know that a single approach to managing all the players in their squad will rarely work. Some players will respond best to comforting words, an arm around the shoulder and gentle reassurance and encouragement. Other players with different personalities may not respond at all to this and need the kick up the backside.

The Premier League is a harsh taskmaster for every single player and a Manager like Moyes will need all the tools at his disposal to ensure all the players perform consistently at their peak.

We can only hope that it is calculation rather than simple frustration which informs Moyes comment on Coufal.

David Griffiths


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About David Griffith

My Father, born in 1891 was brought up in the shadows of the Thames Ironworks Memorial Ground. I remember as a child jumping over the settee when Alan Sealy scored in our 1965 European Cup Winners triumph. My first game was against Leicester in 1968, when Martin Peters scored what was adjudged by ITV’s Big Match as the Goal of the Season. I became a season ticket holder in 1970. I was registered blind in 1986 and thought my West Ham supporting days were over. However in 2010 I learnt about the fantastic support West Ham offer to Blind and other Disabled Supporters. I now use the Insightful Irons in-stadium commentary service and West Ham provide space for my Guide Dog Nyle. I sit on the West Ham Disabled Supporters Board and the LLDC Built Environment Access Panel. David Griffith aka Blind Hammer

2 comments on “Coufal: Moyes may have been doing a Sir Alex

  1. Agree, those were my first thoughts also. Moyes will be aware of Coufal’s personality type and maybe a Fergie was just what he needed to get back to the levels he was at when he was PLAYING for a CONTRACT!

  2. I also think he did not just single out Coufal, he spoke about his 2 CB’s Diop’s poor header, Dawson’s slow reaction and then Coufal indecisiveness. It was a combination of a number of errors and to be honest too much has been written about it. Coufal is top drawer and it was very unlike him. I put it down to the volume of games and tiredness and move on. If I was critical of anyone the other night it was the manager, wrong system the dog on the street know where Arsenal were dangerous out wide with their wide players and full backs pushing on. He should have went with 3 at the back and 2 wing backs instead of leaving Masa and Coufal up against it all night. He never even changed it during the game, the blame for me is with Moyes for team formation and team selection.

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