Moyes reveals United staff turned down opportunity to stay at the club

by Sam Peoples

David Moyes offered Rene Meulensteen, Eric Steele and Paul Scholes positions at the club that they all turned down.

The Scot came into criticism, from myself included, about the departure of some staff and most notably that of assistant manager Meulensteen who many felt was the perfect man to work alongside Moyes.

But Moyes revealed that it was their decision to not stay at United and they turned it down in order to give the incoming manager a new start at the club.

Meulensteen has since taken up a position under Guus Hiddink with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala while Steele has come in to help Shrewsbury Town after their goalkeeping coach took up a new position elsewhere.

As for Scholes, Moyes offered him the opportunity to join his coaching staff but in typical Scholes fashion, he turned it down to spend more time with his family.

“I spoke with Paul Scholes as well, he felt he wanted to have some time off with his family,” Moyes said.

“I felt the right person was Ryan Giggs and he has been great. He has been on his UEFA pro licence course – and after two days you can see how incredible a footballer he is – he is taking steps forward and to get him and Phil Neville together is great.”

That has endeared me to Moyes for the fact that he gave the current staff the opportunity to stay on rather than simply culling them without remorse.

And it is a testament to Steele and Meulensteen that they put the future of the club first by making sure that Moyes had an environment he was comfortable and familiar with.

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