Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Moyes Will Hit Right Note with His New Order ; Reds Boss Is Right to Sing to His Own Tune, Says Harry Redknapp

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Moyes Will Hit Right Note with His New Order ; Reds Boss Is Right to Sing to His Own Tune, Says Harry Redknapp

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DAVID Moyes won't officially start work as United's new manager until July 1 but he's already shown his ruthless streak by axing two of Sir Alex Ferguson's trusted lieutenants.

Within days of the end of the season and Fergie's last game in charge, it was announced that Mike Phelan and Eric Steele would be leaving Old Trafford.

Eyebrows were raised at the decision to allow 17 years of United backroom experience to walk out of the door.

The departure of Steele, who joined the club as goalkeeping coach in 2008, has been especially contentious.

He was central to David de Gea's arrival as Edwin van der Sar's replacement in 2011 and credited with helping the 22-year-old overcome some early difficulties to be voted the best goalkeeper in the Premier League last season.

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Steele even went out of his way to learn Spanish to aid communication with the former Atletico Madrid keeper.

There is speculation too that Rene Meulensteen is set to leave as Moyes prepares to bring in assistant Steve Round, first-team coach Jimmy Lumsden and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods from Goodison Park.

Harry Redknapp has got plenty of experience of building his own backroom team after spells in charge of Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth twice, Southampton, Tottenham and QPR. And he insists Moyes has done the right thing in appointing his own men, regardless of the reputations of the coaches they replace.

"Everyone's got their own opinions," said Redknapp.

"But I think you need your own people around you. You need to know people are on your side and be able to trust them and talk to them. I think everybody wants that around them. There's lots of downtime in this game and you need people around you who you know are with you.

"Alex had a great staff and I'm sure they'll go on and work elsewhere. But David loved his staff at Everton and he's brought them with him."

Redknapp insists he wasn't surprised by Fergie's decision to retire after more than 26 years at Old Trafford. And while Chelsea and City have chosen to appoint foreign bosses to fill their vacancies, the 66-year-old is delighted United have given a British manager a chance.

"I knew that Alex would retire suddenly because last time he announced he was going to retire it didn't go right," said Redknapp. …

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