Moyes blasts English foot­ball

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — For­mer Ever­ton and Manch­ester United manager David Moyes tured) be­lieves the dis­mal per­for­mances of Pre­mier League clubs in Europe this sea­son has ex­posed a decline in stan­dards in the English top-flight.

The 51-year-old is in a good po­si­tion to judge the rel­a­tive mer­its of the Pre­mier League and its’ Euro­pean coun­ter­parts af­ter tak­ing charge at Span­ish side Real So­ciedad in Novem­ber.

The Scot is try­ing to rebuild his tar­nished rep­u­ta­tion fol­low­ing his sacking by United last sea­son af­ter less than a year in charge at Old Traf­ford, but he has kept a close eye on the tra­vails of Eng­land’s teams in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion this term.

Af­ter Liver­pool failed to make it out of the group stages of the Cham­pi­ons League, Ar­se­nal, Manch­ester City and Chelsea all bowed out in the last 16.

Ever­ton’s Europa League exit last Thurs­day left Eng­land with­out at least one team in the last eight of a Euro­pean tour­na­ment for the first time since 1992-93.

In con­trast, Span­ish sides have flour­ished in Europe this sea­son and Moyes, speak­ing to BBC Ra­dio Five Live on Sun­day, said: “It’s not been too long ago where we were looked at as prob­a­bly hav­ing the best teams, and it does change.

“Chelsea, Manch­ester City, Ar­se­nal are all ex­cep­tional teams in their own right and they’ll be dis­ap­pointed they went out, and maybe on an­other day they’d have gone through.

“It’s just be­com­ing a wee bit of a habit that we’re not get­ting our teams quite as close to the fi­nal as we had in the past.

“I think this year you’d have to say it’s prob­a­bly the poor­est Pre­mier League I’ve seen in a long, long time.

“Maybe we do go over the top and re­cently we have maybe talked up the Pre­mier League more than what it’s ac­tu­ally been. There’s other leagues which are cer­tainly now com­pa­ra­ble.”

Moyes has al­ready been linked with a re­turn to the Pre­mier League, with West Ham said to be in­ter­ested in his ser­vices.

He ad­mits he would like to come back at some stage, but not in the near fu­ture.

“I think some­day I will,” he said. “I’ve left when I didn’t ex­pect to be leav­ing but what I’ve taken on is a great job. I love work­ing in Spain,” he added. —

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