Gary Littman


Garry Littman is the owner and director of The Language House in Geneva which organises English language training for professional people, companies and students. He was a radio and newspaper journalist in his native Australia and ran a restaurant in Kathmandu in his younger days. He is an English language trainer and an aficionado of pétanque.

The chosen one is beheaded at Manchester United

I’ll start by apologising. I’m sorry, but the biggest news of the day is football.

For those that don’t follow the round ball, the CEO of one of the world’s largest sporting corporations has  been sacked. David Moyes is no longer the manager of Manchester United Football Club after a string of failures that has seen the once Almighty, plummet from grace and the higher rungs of the football ladder.

Few stories power themselves around the globe with such vitesse and intensity. Few boardroom coups are so public. Few stories attract such discussion. The Imminent Public Beheading of an Eminent Manager has been simmering news for weeks.

The Guardian newspaper announced the news at 08h45 today (Tuesday April 22). Within 60 minutes there were almost 1000 comments from readers. The Daily Mail attracted slightly more. Many were cruel and acidic.

And so ends the most enjoyable, hilarious, wonderful managerial stint in the history of association football. It was truly epic. Thank you David Moyes.

I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you David Moyes.You have given me and so many people throughout the globe such joy over the last 10 months and you will never be forgotten. You'll probably struggle to find work again after this, but you will remain a legend in my eyes. United, you are just another club now, you are nothing special like you seem to all believe.

Turns out United are just a regular football club who do things exactly like everybody else.

Could have let the poor bloke finish the season.

Football is the ultimate business of results.

The club is valued at about three billion  dollars. Value is built on success and the Manchester United brand has been a perennial winner up until this year. Real Madrid has in recent years overtaken Manchester United as the world’s most valuable club. Manchester United is level pegging with Barcelona in second place. 

This season has seen the standout English champions of the past 15 years slump to seventh place, 23 points off the leaders Liverpool. For the first time in 19 years Manchester United failed to qualify for next year's Champions League competition.

Manager David Moyes was personally hand-picked by the mythic and somewhat choleric Sir Alex Ferguson (SAF).  After Moyes was appointed, Manchester United said: "His appointment is a victory for common sense and stability. United are in safe hands." His six year contract was celebrated with a massive banner THE CHOSEN ONE, which had to be guarded by officials from hostile supporters in recent weeks. Then unhappy supporters took humiliation to a new level. They hired a plane that flew over the football ground towing the following message: ‘Wrong One — Moyes Out’. It was a succession that went horribly wrong and will severely dent the SAF legend.

The club’s share price fell slightly today but remains fairly stable. But it’s the club’s image as a winner that is taking a thrashing. The British media and the non-Manchester United football public have relished the club’s annus horribilis in the best possible way; with a wicked British sense of humour.

The Manchester Evening News produced a hilarious, but scathing David Moyes Random Excuse Generator

 Veteran Manchester United player Ryan Giggs has been named as the interim manager.





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