Moyes not trying to match Fergie
Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic will spend the 2013-14 season on
loan at Dutch club Ajax, the Primera Division club have
Bojan, 22, spent two consecutive years on loan in Italy with
Roma and AC Milan but after scoring seven goals for the capital
club he struggled for game time at San Siro and managed only three
A statement published on fcbarcelona.com this morning read: “FC
Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam have reached agreement for the loan of
Bojan Krkic to the Dutch club for the 2013-14 season.
“The Catalan striker – who will be 23 this August, will play
under ex-Barca man Frank de Boer, who led Ajax to the Dutch title
last season to guarantee a place in next year’s Champions
Bojan made his first-team debut for the Catalans under another
Dutchman, Frank Rijkaard, in 2007 and scored 26 league goals in
four seasons before heading to Rome to reunite with former Barca
youth team manager Luis Enrique, who coached the Giallorossi for a
Ferguson finally walked away this summer after 26 amazing years
in which he won a staggering 13 Premier League titles.
Moyes must now carry on that success, but he realises matching
what Ferguson did during his time at Old Trafford will simply not
“It is impossible,” he said.
“To manage at this level for 26 years and have his success; I
don’t think there will be any other manager who will do that amount
of time at a club like Manchester United.”
Yet that does not mean Moyes is intimidated by Ferguson’s
“I hope he is sitting in the directors’ box,” said Moyes.
“He has been so good and I’ve already called him two or three
times for advice on matters.
“He’s not there to pressure me. He is the person who told the
board I should be the next Manchester United manager.”
Yet, as with most individuals, there are some occasions when
even Moyes defers to the 71-year-old and, crucially, one of them
was being told he had got a job the Scot was not even aware existed
when he got summoned to Ferguson’s plush Cheshire home.
“I knew nothing at all about it until Sir Alex gave me a call
and asked me to come to his house,” said Moyes.
“I was expecting him to say ‘I’m gonna take one of your
players,’ but the first thing he said to me was, ‘I’m
“And I said, ‘yeah, when?’ because he was never retiring, was
“And he says, ‘next week,’ and his next words were ‘and you’re
the next Manchester United manager’.
“So I didn’t get a chance to say yes or no, I was told I was the
next Manchester United manager by Sir Alex, so for me that was
“As you can imagine the blood drained from my face – I was
“Within half an hour he was talking about the squad and the
players and the staff.
“But I was sworn to secrecy because Sir Alex wanted to keep his
retirement private until the right moment.”
Though his reputation is of being an organised coach who does
not pay much attention to the frilly side of the game, Moyes
accepts the traditions he is being asked to uphold.
“I am at a club where the word success is tattooed right across
the badge,” said Moyes.
“I want us to play the same way, with the same traditions of
entertaining, exciting football.
“But I’ve always said the biggest thing in football is to
“I would always put winning at the top of the list and Sir Alex
would as well.”