Fear drives eager United boss Moyes

first_img Press Association The major positive for Moyes is that the players now under his charge have been responsive to the way he has gone about his work. “Sometimes when there is a change – and I heard some of the players saying it – you have to impress the new manager,” he said. “I have got to say I have been incredibly impressed about how the players have gone about their work. “There’s not been a day when I’ve had people ‘throwing out’ [slacking off]. If anything, they’re enjoying it and they’re asking for more.” Already though, Moyes has shown a willingness to let his squad know if he feels more is required. An intense person by nature, the Scot insists he is not quite as bad as he once was. But a forthright lecture in Bangkok was a sign of his own standards. “I’m going to drive,” he said. “And I’m going to demand the best out of players. I’m going to demand that they give me more, or as much as I can get from them.” “There has to be an element of fear that comes with managing a club like Manchester United,” he said. “It keeps you working, it keeps you focused and helps you try not to take your eye off the ball. “Someone said, ‘You’ll do it easy’. I’m not saying who it was but I don’t take that as a given, because I know it’s going to be really hard at Manchester United. “But in the same breath it is a great one (job) because of what I have available and what Sir Alex has left.” Moyes has repeatedly underlined his intention to ask Ferguson for advice. But he is also acutely aware he must step out of that vast shadow and stamp his own imprint on United if he is to make a success of the job. “It has to be a new era,” he said. “My job now is to make my history. “I’m going to follow someone who has made incredible history. I think about Matt Busby’s history and then Alex Ferguson’s history – they could do a film about it. “I have to make sure now that my history and my time is something which the fans and people in the future talk about.” That Moyes was handpicked to take over at Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson does not reduce the enormity of the task. And, speaking to newspapers on the club’s five-match pre-season tour, Moyes, while expressing excitement at what lies ahead, also accepts the reality. David Moyes has admitted there is a fear factor that comes from being asked to replace the most successful football manager in British history.last_img read more

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Aiming for bowl appearance, Marrone hands keys of offense to first-year coach Hackett

first_img Comments NEWPORT, R.I. –– When asked if he had a minute to sum up his expectations for the upcoming 2010 season, Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone provided his quickest answer of Big East Media Day. Heading into his second year, his goal is clear. And to Marrone, it’s a self-proclaimed, simple truth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I can give it to you in less than 60 (seconds),’ Marrone said. ‘We need to turn this thing around quick. We need to go to a bowl. If we don’t go to a bowl, I will be very disappointed. … Yes, I think I can stand on that statement. It’s the truth. As long as you tell the truth.’On Tuesday, Marrone laid out a finish line for his team. And with that, he elaborated on the first main step he took in reaching that finish line. A decision that will ultimately take an expected game-day load off him.There is a new offensive play-caller. An unexpected one, as it’s not Marrone. Instead, first-year quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will take control of the offensive plays, Marrone announced last Friday.The clock is ticking. Starting … now.Delving into the rationale behind the change Tuesday in Newport, Marrone said he will still share offensive game-planning duties with Hackett. Marrone also maintained that all calls will ultimately go through him and that he has the ability to change any and every play call — including those on defense and special teams.The decision came as a change in plans, as Marrone said throughout the spring that he would be taking on play-calling duties this fall after firing former offensive coordinator Rob Spence.Marrone clarified how exactly the 30-year-old Hackett’s role will break down as the play-caller and why he made the decision to shift duties from himself. ‘What happened was, in the beginning, we were looking for someone to fill that role and I knew that I could call the plays,’ Marrone said. ‘I knew that I could do that. But in the back of my mind, I was concerned about the management of the games. When you are a play-caller — I know myself, I get aggressive. When we get down to fourth-and-one, should we punt? Should we go for it? I just felt that if I was calling the plays I would want to go for all of them.’Extraneous greed on the part of the head coach was the main factor for Marrone’s delegation to Hackett, it appears. He seems to believe his ego would have been too big for the added duty this year. So, he passed it off to the little-brother figure he brought in from their time in the NFL. ‘There is an ego involved with calling a play at anytime,’ Marrone said. ‘All of a sudden you make the adjustments with the offensive coaches, then you are not watching the defense and special teams. All of a sudden, I don’t have a great flow of the game. What is good about it, with Nathaniel, if it wasn’t a good match for us, I could go ahead and cover the plays. So, I feel comfortable right now.’Marrone thinks Hackett, a former Buffalo Bills quality control chief, is tailor-made for the job. He and Hackett’s fellow former NFL colleague, current Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt, agree.Across the room, Wannstedt didn’t need a minute to think, either.‘He’ll do a great job,’ he said. ‘I don’t think his age is anything (of an issue). He’s been around football all his life. He’s got a great background.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm [email protected]last_img read more

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Toomevara meet Roscrea in Seamus O’Riain cup replay

first_imgThe big game in local GAA action this weekend sees Toomevara go up against Roscrea in the replay of the Seamus O’ Riain hurling final.On their paths to the final – Toomevara overcame Silvermines and Roscrea defeated Templederry Kenyons.The game throws in on Sunday at 2 o’clock in Moneygall. Toomevara manager Denis Kelly says they’re looking forward to a good game.last_img

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