David Moyes officially inherited Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United legacy on Monday, and began his first day of work at Old Trafford by announcing three appointments to his backroom staff.
Like most incoming managers, Moyes has brought some trusted figures from his past with him—namely Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden.
Said Moyes of his former Everton staffers, as per United's official website:
I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club. They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. I have great faith that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years.
Here's a breakdown of their credentials.
United's new assistant manager: Steve Round
The 42-year-old Round replaces Mike Phelan in the No. 2 job at United, who was released soon after Moyes was chosen to replace Ferguson in May.
His relationship with Steve McClaren at Boro led to work with the England national team during McClaren's disappointing 2006-07 reign. Round was credited with being an "influential figure" in McClaren's success at Boro by the Guardian's Louise Taylor, however.
Round's playing career was limited to just nine professional appearances with Derby County, before injury curtailed it and sent him down a coaching path.
Everton blog BlueKipper.com says Round was, "thought of as the quiet man at Goodison [Park]." That being said, he and Moyes both admitted a charge of improper conduct after reacting angrily to the decisions of referee Martin Atkinson in 2010, as per this Guardian report.
The game in question was against Manchester United.
United's new goalkeeping coach: Chris Woods
Woods enjoyed a long and distinguished playing career as a goalkeeper for QPR, Norwich City, Glasgow Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday, amongst others. He also represented England on 43 occasions, though much of his international career was spent being Peter Shilton's reserve.
The 53-year-old began his coaching career at Everton in 1998 and the relationship he subsequently developed with their American goalkeeper Tim Howard led to a position with the U.S. national team.
It has not been addressed as to whether Woods will continue working with the U.S. national team now he's joined Moyes at United.
Woods replaces Eric Steele as United's goalkeeping coach, who was released along with Phelan in May. According to ESPNFC's Richard Jolly, United's first-choice keeper David De Gea was unhappy to see Steele leave.
It turns out Steele had gone to the trouble of learning Spanish to ensure their relationship worked and his hard work was clearly appreciated by De Gea.
United's new coach: Jimmy Lumsden
Lumsden's association with Moyes goes back to their time at Preston North End together, from 1998 to 2002. He went from there to Everton with Moyes and will continue their relationship at United.
The 65-year-old Lumsden replaces Rene Meulensteen on the United coaching staff, who decided to leave after being offered a different job in the Moyes regime to the one he enjoyed under Ferguson, as per the Guardian.
Lumsden has a lot to live up to on the training ground. Said Robin van Persie of Meulensteen's contributions, as per the Telegraph in February:
The way he (Meulensteen) trains is exceptional. He is truly one of the best coaches in the world. I have had a lot of good trainers, but it’s the way he prepares our team for games. Every match is different, so every training session in the build-up to games is unique.
Will new hires make a difference?
Moyes' reshuffle at United should not surprise anyone, but it may take a while for United's players to adjust to their new regime and for new personalities on the staff to find where they fit in terms of the personality mix.
The obvious benefit for Moyes is a layer of protection, in terms of the huge responsibility on his shoulders, and access to trusted resources to help him make the really big decisions at United.
Taking on all of Ferguson's staff would have isolated him and highlighted everything he wants to do differently. This way, United's players will gain a sense much more quickly of the cultural shift that's coming under Moyes.
A new era has begun. The most important thing for United is that everybody at the club embraces those in charge and treats them with the same respect they did the team who came before them.
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