Dayid Moyes was sacked today, after less than 1 full season. Just to clarify, I am not a fan of any team nor do I follow the league in general. However, I wrote last year about Alex Ferguson’s departure & what he had done while at Man Utd. I appreciate that Moyes walked into what one would normally consider a great situation, but at the same time, huge shoes to wear.
When Alex Ferguson started with Man Utd, they were not in such a great place as when he left, and he had 20+ years of what most would consider fantastically successful seasons. However, his first 5 years were significantly less than fantastic. Yes, they won a bit of silver in the 4th & 5th year of Sir Alex’s reign, but they also finished outside of the top 10 in 3 of those first 5 years.
Enough details – most of you probably know more about this history than I do. My point however, and I am not suggesting that David Moyes should not have been sacked, I lack sufficient information to make an educated decision on this, is that too often these decisions are made without considering all the facts. There are plenty on the news suggesting that he should have been given more time, that the results of this year were not entirely his fault. What were the conditions for the decision? One news service is suggesting it is the financial situation that forced the decision.
Yes, businesses are in business to make money, but money now or money forever? Decisions made for short term financial issues are rarely in the long term best interest of the organisation. When you commit to a change, commit to see it through. Change fatigue often comes because of an unwillingness to stick through the tough times, the transition period where performance can dip (not always), people can get upset, things can seem to be going in the wrong direction and worse.
No Pain, No Gain – it takes hard work & effort to improve, often it takes just as much to maintain. Being willing to push through the hard times, to trust in the decisions made, takes courage. Of course I could be wrong on this, it could be a case of sunk costs being properly ignored…