There are much better views basically anywhere else, so could David Moyes’s remote managing actually work out better for him?
This weekend David Moyes will be managing West Ham from isolation, having tested positive for COVID-19.
In theory being away from the touchline and thus being unable to influence events will be a disadvantage, but it did raise a question on this week’s Totally Football Show: why do managers continue to stand on the touchline?
From that perspective, as Michael Cox argued, it might actually be a good thing for Moyes.
“He’ll get a better view of the game. The single strangest thing about modern football is that managers insist on standing on the touchline where you get an absolutely dreadful view of the game.”
Duncan Alexander commented:
“Remember in the 90s when managers would go up [to the directors box] for the first-half, and communicate with the bench via a really elaborate landline system. Then they would go down for the second-half.”
“Sam Allardyce used to do that at Bolton with a headset on,” said Michael Cox. “He was asked why he didn’t do that anymore and his answer was essentially that he liked intimidating the fourth official.
“I’ve been a little bit surprised with a lack of fans in the ground, why managers don’t just take the opportunity to walk up 20 steps and watch from a better vantage point. And if they want to communicate with the players – which I think is overrated in itself – then they can walk down and have a chat.
“At the old White Hart Lane, the press box was right behind the managers and if the ball was on the other side off the pitch, you couldn’t see it because of the curvature of the pitch. It always strikes me as slightly odd that you would want to coach a side from that position.”
Still, if things go well for West Ham, it might look like an even better idea.
“If they win, he might decide that remote managing is [the way to go],” said Duncan Alexander. “A lot of people have been working from home: imagine if he becomes the first work from home manager.”
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