Moyes rejected advice from Ferguson over keeping Man Utd backroom staff

Former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has claimed David Moyes ignored the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson to keep in place the coaching staff at the Premier League champions, Sky Sports has reported.

Instead, Moyes appointed a number of his Everton backroom team after replacing Ferguson. Steele was among those let go, with first team coach Rene Meulensteen and assistant manager Mike Phelan also moving on. In their place came assistant boss Steve Round, coach Jimmy Lumsden and former England custodian Chris Woods, Steele’s replacement. Former Everton and United defender Phil Neville was also given a coach berth, while Ryan Giggs became player-coach.

United have endured their worst start to a season in almost a quarter of a century after losing at home to West Brom on Saturday, and Steele revealed to the United We Stand fanzine that Ferguson advised Moyes to keep in place the team that had just won the title, but Moyes wanted his own support staff.

He spoke to me, Mick [Phelan] and Rene,” Steele said. “I told him I thought it was a brave decision. He listened to the manager’s advice, but he wanted to be his own man,” he added.

I didn’t want to leave. Why would I?” Steele added. “I knew that David was coming in and wondered who he’d bring. I don’t blame him for doing what he did. I’ve been in the game long enough to know how it is.

Steele formerly worked at Manchester City and was widely praised for his handling of David De Gea after the Spaniard initially struggled with the demands of English football. “Does it make sense that you’re not retained to continue the good work?,” Steele asked rhetorically. “Sadly, that’s out of my hands.

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