The interviews have been taken, the papers signed and the press conferences sorted. It's 1st July and a lot of managers officially take over at their new clubs today — most notably, David Moyes at Manchester United.
The Scotsman was appointed in May but today is his first day at office. And just like top managers around the world, he brings with him a trusted backroom staff. Gone are Alex Ferguson's assistant manager Mike Phelan, first-team coach Rene Meulensteen and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele. In come Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods.
Given that it's such a high profile move, and everything associated with Manchester United is blown up to a staggering extent, we give you the profiles of these three men — whose influence may be underrated, but surely won't go unnoticed.
Steve Round - Assistant Manager: 42-year-old Round's playing career was cut short due to injury before he could peak into a fine full-back at Derby County. However, Round was associated with Derby again when he became a coach under Steve McLaren — and tagged behind him even at Middlesbrough and England. After a stint at Newcastle United, Round became Moyes' assistant at Everton in 2008.
Jimmy Lumsden - Coach: Lumsden's playing career included representing Leeds, Southend, Greenock Morton, St Mirren and Clydebank. But what is interesting about the 65-year-old is that he was the one who unearthed the talent of Moyes the player — before joining Moyes the manager at Preston North End. Lumsden followed Moyes to Everton and has been with him since 2002.
Chris Woods - Goalkeeping Coach: Woods had a brilliant career — playing for Rangers, Nottingham Forest, QPR, Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton. He also made 42 appearances for England between 1985 and 1993. The 53-year-old began his coaching career in 1998 under Walter Smith at Everton — in charge of goalkeepers. In October 2011, he was snapped up by the USA national team, linking with Everton stopper and former United keeper Tim Howard.
Moyes was quoted on Manchester United's official website as saying: "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.”
First Published On : Jul 1, 2013 15:55 IST