POLL: 73% Man United Fans Support David Moyes

January 13, 2014

moyesDavid Moyes retains the support of 72.98% of hardcore match-going Manchester United fans, according to a poll by the influential club fanzine Red Issue.
The findings are broadly matched by a survey carried out by United We Stand, another of the most-read fanzines about the 20-times champions.
For Red Issue’s poll, a constituency of a few hundred supporters who regularly attend games, drawn from a cross-section of ages and classes, were asked how long the under-pressure Scot should be given to “show results”. Those polled could choose between whether Moyes should be sacked now, have until the end of the campaign, or be given into next season.
While only 7.26% believe the 50-year-old should be replaced instantly, 19.76% voted that he should have until the close of the current term, while nearly three-quarters want Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, whose decision it would be, along with the Glazers, who own United, to allow Moyes to carry on as the manager beyond the summer.
The UWS poll asked: “Is David Moyes the right manager to take United forward?” and 29% said yes, 28% said no and 42% took the third option of voting that they were not sure at the moment and wanted to wait to the end of season. This means that approaching half want the club to stick with Moyes until the close of the current campaign, at least.
Red Issue was founded in 1989 and the editorial in its latest edition, which went on sale at 4pm on Saturday, suggests that fans should remember that Moyes was appointed by Sir Alex Ferguson and also calls for patience.
Red Issue said: “Reds were so reverent last May as Fergie helped rush through the succession to his fiefdom (in the wake of a botched abdication that David Gill had spent months, if not years, assuring everyone would – this time – be stage-managed to perfection). Moyes became ‘The Chosen One’ as the ludicrous banner puts it, and so there’s no point moaning now, barely six months in. Moyes asked to be judged after two years and whatever your opinion, and whatever the results (within reason!), fairness dictates that’s a sensible time frame given the scale of the job he’s taken on.”
United play Swansea City at Old Trafford, in Saturday’s late kick-off, for a second time in a week, after the Welsh club knocked Moyes’s team out of the FA Cup on Sunday. That defeat was the middle of three consecutive losses, the first time this has occurred for 13 years.

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