Manchester United manager David Moyes has said he has been lucky to have worked in stable football environments.
Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) became the fifth Premier League manager to be shown the exit door at Tottenham Hotspur, two days after Moyes’ fellow Scotsman Steve Clarke got the boot at West Bromwich Albion.
The former Preston Northend and Everton boss, who despite a difficult start to his Old Trafford reign is not under any internal pressure, believes clubs are too quick to sack their managers.
“It makes me realise how lucky I have been at the clubs I have been at,” said Moyes.
“I worked for great people at Preston, great people at Everton and my short experience at Manchester United tells me I am working for really good people here.
“Maybe some of the other managers haven’t been as fortunate as I have.
“I am a great advocate of managers.
“I want managers to be given opportunities. I am involved with the LMA. We are saying the best clubs have had stability. Look at Arsene Wenger, the stability he has given Arsenal. Sir Alex at United and even what happened to myself at Everton.”
Clarke, who guided the Baggies to their best league campaign last season, lost his job following the club’s difficult start to the 2013/14 season while AVB’s failure to prove the worth of £100m summer transfer splurge cost him his, at White Hart Lane.
With the growing speculation over the future of Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay taking centre-stage, Moyes insists clubs should take a leaf from the examples laid down by the ‘not-too-quick-to-fire’ clubs.
“Obviously the owners and chairman have their own reasons but the clubs who have given the managers that period of time have benefited,” he explained.
“It is getting less and less to see that in football. The more we see it, it might help clubs gain a bit more control and stability.
“In turn it might mean they are not hiring and firing managers quite so often.”