Admitting that he wanted to get way ahead of any criticism he might receive in the event he chooses to take the job, David Moyes preemptively insisted today that even Alex Ferguson would’ve struggled with the current Scotland.
Moyes has been linked with the Scottish national team position after the departure of Gordon Strachan today, and has reportedly told associates that he would be keen on taking up the reins.
However, in a statement leaked to media by Moyes’ agent today, the former Sunderland coach took aim at journalists he expects to criticism his proposed spell by claiming that the best managers in the world would have had a hard time reaching Euro 2020 with a side of such quality.
“I’m very flattered to be linked with the national team job and, honestly, anyone would be lucky to get it. But let me tell you this, even world class, legendary managers like Sir Alex [Ferguson] would have had a tough time with these boys. He might have won the Champions League, but has he ever managed a team full of SPFL and Championship players? He’d be shocked at the difficulty. And it’s very easy to say I’ll use the wrong tactics or that I’ll struggle to motivate the players, but I’m certain the likes of Shankly and Stein would struggle too,” said the defensive Scot today, adding that people will likely be very quick to forget how little time international managers get with their squads compared to club coaches.
“This is the thing people don’t realise about international football. You just don’t get the time on the training pitch, so your ideas often don’t get through to the players. I won’t have that time with the lads. That’s a negative straight away. And I can’t sign players, so you can really see how I’ll be up against it.”
At press time, Moyes was reportedly on the verge of resigning from a job he had yet to take, admitting that he should have known the squad was not of a high enough quality in the first place.