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David Moyes: Doomed from the start

Just less than a year ago the future appeared very rosy for David Moyes. After 11 successful years he was leaving Everton a club legend to take over as the hallowed Manchester United manager after being hand picked by Sir Alex Ferguson. When he was announced as the new Man Utd manager on the 9th May 2013 the press conference contained lots of talk from both sides about the succession plan Man Utd put in place with this appointment. After being personally chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes seemed the perfect man to carry on the vast achievements of Manchester United into a new era. A 6 year deal with the opportunity to earn £5 million a year with bonuses was a perfect validation to their succession talk. Yet as of yesterday David Moyes is unemployed and Man Utd are facing having to pay him off £5 million until he finds himself a new job. What went so wrong for Moyes in only 10 months?

First lets look at purely his results over the 10 months. After starting well with comfortable Community Shield and opening day premier league wins things got progressively worse from here. He led United to their worst ever league start with defeats to bitter local rivals Manchester City 4-1 and a 2-1 home defeat to lowly West Brom heaped the pressure on Moyes early on. After a relatively stable few months December saw them suffer successive home defeats to Everton and Newcastle, the first time Man Utd had lost consecutive home premier league games since the 2001 season. This left the team languishing at this point in 9th, yet after only 15 games the team were 13 points behind leaders Arsenal. Here’s a picture of Moyes in happier times with the Community shield trophy.

Compounding their awful league form were exits from the F.A Cup in the third round at home to Swansea 2-1, defeat in the Capital One Cup semi-final to Premier League dwellers Sunderland and finally comfortably being outclassed in the Champions League Quarter- Final to Bayern Munich. The tension reached fever pitch as fans responded to successive 3-0 home defeats to hated rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, by flying a banner over Old Trafford before the next home game against Aston Villa calling for Moyes to leave the club. Here’s a link to a Youtube video report on the banner incident. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQZ77mPMdCA

After a slight recent turn around Sunday’s comprehensive trouncing by Everton 2-0 brought the tension back around Moyes. He believed however that despite the poor results to this point he would receive the board’s backing until at least the summer transfer window. On the other hand, the board seemed to want swift action as over the course of the following Bank Holiday Monday rumors became increasingly persistent that Moyes would be imminently sacked. The rumors were proved true early yesterday morning as it was finally announced Moyes had been sacked after only 10 months in charge.

Now we’ve established the results that got him sacked let’s now try to explain firstly why these individual results happened and secondly how the end result of his sacking came about so soon. Firstly let’s look at the task he actually took on becoming Manchester United manager. He faced the unenviable task of being the Man Utd manager after Sir Alex Ferguson. After Ferguson’s mammoth 26 and a half year reign which yielded an astonishing 38 trophies in 26 years, including 13 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League’s. Therefore with United fans accustomed to so much recent success Moyes was coming into a job with probably one of the highest levels of expectation in world football.

This would be something new for Moyes to deal with as he had arrived from Everton, a club who had rather more modest expectations to which Moyes would regularly over achieve. Inadvertently Sir Alex had also heaped even more pressure on Moyes by being so public with his view that Moyes was the perfect man to succeed him as part of the succession plan.

Another factor behind the downfall in results for United has to be the relative weakness of the current squad in comparison with other top 4 sides. This may seem a slightly ridiculous statement considering the squad possesses quality players such as Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, David De Gea and Patrice Evra. Yet around these players the rest of the squad seems slightly lower on all round quality in comparison with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool. Part of the problem seems to be the fact Man Utd have an ageing squad yet the younger players coming through seem to struggle slightly to take over from the older players. Examples of this are surely the likes of Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Alex Buttner. Whilst all of them are good players they have under performed this season and appear unlikely to play to the level of those their taking over from such as Vidic,Giggs and and Evra respectively.

The point about under performing players above doesn’t only apply to some of the younger players this season. Another factor behind the downfall of Manchester United this season appears to be a combination of Moyes not being able to get the best out of his squad alongside a reluctance on the players part to play under Moyes. Rumors are circling in the aftermath of his sacking that Moyes was never able to get the respect and influence over some of the high profile players such as Wayne Rooney.

Whilst all of the recent points have been based around the actions of Moyes or the players themselves the club does not come out of this sacking blameless. Indeed it was their big talk of a succession plan that set expectations that were too high for Moyes as I explained above. Also the lack of overall quality in the squad could have been addressed in the summer transfer window before the nightmare season even started.Over the summer Moyes and the club made ham fisted attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, of which they only signed Fellaini in a deadline day deal worth £27.5 million pounds.

Again in the January window they only made the one signing splashing out on Juan Mata from Chelsea for £37.1 million pounds. Whilst these are both great players their first season can only be described as a disappointment as they have failed to produce much as they struggled to fit into the Moyes system Manchester United were playing. So although it’s early on it seems these two transfers are going the way of failed expectations there were plenty more signings the club failed to complete for a number of players undisclosed to the public.

Whilst many will try to pin the reasoning why Moyes failed at Manchester United down to one thing it appears there were several factors which meant he was doomed from the start. First the increased pressure and expectation as the club made sure the world knew Moyes was pre-approved by the legend Sir Alex Ferguson as the right man for the succession plan carrying on his reign. Whilst they backed him here they didn’t complete the deals he wanted in the transfer windows leaving him with an ageing squad and a fan base with high expectations.

It should therefore no surprise that Moyes was unable to carry on the success of Ferguson, yet everyone around the club appeared to be completely shocked by this. Whether this was delusional or simply not with the times doesn’t really matter, either in a damning indictment of those around the club. Once things began to tail off the players appeared to lose respect for Moyes and didn’t want to give 100% for a manager they questioned. Also the club didn’t cover itself in glory by dithering with his sacking with Moyes appearing to find out the news he was going to be sacked first from social media on Monday afternoon. Therefore it was all of these factors that contributed to the demise of Moyes with the chain of events being set in motion the day he was announced as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. Indeed, both sides have come out of this looking rather less respectable than when they started and for sure it will take a number of years at least for both sides to move past this nightmare.

Web Coding Protocols

Web coding forms the backbone of every web page created as the person creating any new web page will use web coding to design every element of the site/page. There are two main types of web page: static coding(HTML) and dynamic coding(PHP).

Static coding displays the same content that was originally placed on the page/site when the web creator made it. Therefore typically static we pages have HTML coding (HyperText MarkupLanguage). Static coding is good for web pages which are rarely updated however they become less impractical when someone chooses to use a large number of static pages on their websites. An example of this is when it comes to making any changes to their website the web administrator would need to psychically change the code on every page which is very time consuming and not very practical.

On the other hand, dynamic coding is an amalgamation of HTML and PHP and is useful to a user who wants to regularly update and add content to their web page. The main advantage to these types of sites is they allow a much greater interaction between the audience and the site administrator through comments and links. The majority of dynamic web pages are social media websites,blogs and forums/message boards.

Another advantage to dynamic coding is the fact it’s far more user friendly over static coding as the user does not need to have any prior knowledge about coding however with static coding the user would need a competent level of knowledge on how to implement coding as they would need to manually enter the right coding themselves. This therefore makes dynamic coding the more helpful type of coding to use for people who are new to creating websites or have little technical knowledge of website design which explains it’s overwhelming popularity for website design.

An example of a live static webpage is http://www.fibercom.co.za/ . This page is clearly static as the site has no interactional features and the website content shows no sign of having any changes made to it. An example of live semi-static web pages are the majority of Wikipedia pages which are set up and the in the majority left as a static web page it can be argued as although by definition they’re dynamic pages as anyone can edit them their appearance suggest that these pages are static as they have features related to dynamic coding on their pages. Although with some pages such as with living people the pages will be updated depending on the latest goings on in their life some of he pages will be created and then left untouched. Here’ a link to a semi-static Wikipedia page en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website#Static_website .

Examples of Dynamic web pages are social media sites Twitter and Facebook. Users can post anything they want on these pages and can interact and share info with other users easily which helps explain their huge popularity as websites. All users have to do is sign up to these sites and confirm some of their details for security reasons and they can access these sites immediately. Dynamic coding is realistically the only coding template these sites can use to function as with static coding these sites would need an army of people constantly re-writing the coding to keep up with the intense speed of progress and rate of growth of these sites with new tweets and posts.

Also even with more simple areas such as the sign in menu with entering your username and password to gain access to the site this requires dynamic coding as the content on the page is changing and the coding needs to work in line with the server, something dynamic coding can do automatically whereas static coding cannot, to see if the username/password has been entered correctly before it grants the user access to the site. The links to both pages can be found here http://www.Twitter.com and http://www.Facebook.com .

There are many different HTML tags in use and the first example is the images tag which is

<img>

. An example of all 5 HTML tags can be found on the Wikipedia page I linked above. The function of images are to add a visual element to the web page which help attract people to your site as it keeps their attention focused on your site. Secondly images can help show or explain to the reader something which the site administrator could not adequately explain themselves in text form.

A second example are heading tags which are

<h1>

and their function is for adding keywords or pictures related to your site. This is significant as it helps massively with your search engine optimisation as search engines identify these tags to determine where your page is placed for different search options. Another key point with heading tags are the fact that heading tags can be used multiple times such as

 <h2> 

and a third example is

<h3>

.

Heading tags can be used to your advantage if you follow a similar layout to most newspapers where the main header sits atop the page before the second header will contain the main headline whereas finally the third header will be the first paragraph of the article which typically is in bold text. These tags can be a huge advantage for your website because if your using these tags coupled with any added links or images they can drastically improve your search engine optimization ranking on sites such as Google, which can consequently improve the amount of visitors to your page.

It works simply as search engines like Google rank web pages in priority form based on an a reputation it bases on views and how many times the site is linked from another page therefore the more links and tags used in your web page the higher it will appear in Google and the amount of views will increase also. Finally these tags, although easy to use with dynamic coding, are far more difficult to use with static coding as the web administrator would need to physically re-write all the coding to add in these tags every time they want to add a new one which is very time consuming and not a very practical method to use.

Paragraph tags which are either

<p></p>

or

<span></span>

.
The only difference between the two slightly different paragraph tags are that the

<p></p>

represent a line break in the paragraph whereas the

<span></span>

doesn’t show a line break in the paragraph. The primary function of paragraphs are to help disperse the amount of text which helps with the visual appeal of the site as many people will not be prepared to read one paragraph of text the length of the page yet they will read the same content if it’s broken down into smaller chunks.

Another HTML tag commonly used is comment tags which are

 <!--This is a comment. Comments are not displayed in the browser-->

. The biggest advantage with comment tags are that they allow an interaction between the reader and site administrator which can add to any points made on the page and can therefore benefit the content of the page as a balanced argument can be created. However, Static web pages rarely use comment tags which limits their significance.

The final example of HTML tags are link tags which are

<a href="http://www.example.com"></a>

. They can add to the content to the web page as the web page creator could post a link to a similar website with different or higher levels of knowledge on the subject. Also visual content such as videos or images can be posted on the site to add a visual element to the page which would nicely complement the text on the page. Also with HTML there are more than one type of them which is useful in a number of ways.