Galatasaray Sadly Offers David Moyes Deal to Replace Roberto Mancini

By Collin Ruby
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Shaun Botterill – Getty Images

Today, in search of a new manager to replace Roberto Mancini, Galatasaray FC offered David Moyes a £4 million a year deal. Only a few months after being sacked by Manchester United, a team actually looked to acquire his managerial efforts. He has not officially accepted the role as manager, but the action seems probable.

Moyes led a Manchester United team that won the English Premier League championship in the 2012-13 campaign to a seventh-place finish in 2013-14. Obviously, a complete and utter fail on behalf of the Manchester United board as well as Moyes, it makes me question why any team would actually reach out to Moyes. I get it, nobody can live up to Sir Alex Ferguson’s career as a manager, but you would hope he would have kept the team at a competing level. Maybe Moyes needed more time to work his “magic,” but with the amount of stars on the team, one would hope he could keep the team in form.

Galatasaray was also looking at Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low to replace Mancini as well, but acted on Moyes sooner since he is jobless at the moment. Klinsmann and Low are both preoccupied coaching in the 2014 World Cup, so that may have influenced Galatasaray’s decision. Another name that has been mentioned in coaching talks also included Mexico national football manager, Miguel Herrera. The effervescent manager showed off his coaching abilities by leading Mexico to a second-place finish in Group A and a draw against tournament-favorite, Brazil.

Why would Galatasaray actually reach out to Moyes, though? Before Manchester United, Moyes only ever coached at Preston North End and Everton. Those locations aren’t exactly considered high quality when compared to Manchester United and Galatasaray, so I don’t understand why the management believes Moyes is qualified for the position.

Galatasaray has a very deep squad with Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Burak Yilmaz, Fernando Muslera and Felipe Melo. With the possible hiring of Moyes and his track record with Manchester United, what will make any of those star players want to play for Moyes? He has the ability to turn a championship team into a middle-of-the-road team. Drogba and Sneijder might stay due to their age, but Yilmaz, Muslera and Melo might be out for transfer. All we can do is simply wait to see how this plays out and Galatasaray fans can only hope Moyes declines and the coaching search continues.

Collin Ruby is a Soccer Writer for, follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby.

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