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Moyes: I need to earn the players’ trust

moyes_2942302David Moyes has told the media he’s fully aware that he’ll have to “earn his stars” as he gets set for the biggest challenge of his career. Speaking at a coaching conference in New York, United’s new manager has outlined how he plans to take control of the team and the dressing room.

Pleasantly, Moyes seems to have adopted a humble approach and revealed his first task will be to win the trust and respect of his players, some of which have never worked under a manager other than Sir Alex Ferguson, while also stressing that he won’t accept anything less than players who are 100% committed to the cause.

Moyes’ emphasis on commitment would have come as bad news for a few United players who, perhaps, thought they would joy an easier ride after Fergie’s decision to retire, but if he wanted to began his United chapter in style, the former Everton manager couldn’t have thought of a better opening line.

“You have to earn your stars when dealing with players,” said Fergie’s successor.

“It’s up to you to show what you’ve got.

“If you want to work for me you need to be able to work seven days a week. I need to know my staff will give me that effort.

“Discipline has to come from within for players. And I’m a great believer in giving young players opportunities.

“Developing players mentally is very important, but it needs to fit with what the players want.”

Moyes also underlined the need to endorse an open-minded approach but believes that, ultimately, managers are scrutinised and judged based on their results on the pitch and on how they operate in the transfer window.

“You have to keep your eye on what the industry is doing – what’s new,” said Moyes, who will officially take over from Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1.

“And your recruiting as a manager can determine whether you keep your job.

“Everton needed a new direction when I came in and, as a coach, you have to find ways you can keep developing.”

With Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines already linked with a possible reunion with their former manager, Moyes’ business in the transfer window will undoubtedly be subject to intense scrutiny, from inside and outside the club, but the Scotsman stressed he won’t let that bother him.

“It’s a great honour to be appointed at Manchester United, [but] don’t assume your board of directors always have the answers. You need to influence it.”

Dan (@MUFC_dan87)

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