Golden shot

Allan Massie sought to ­explain David Moyes’s demise as Manchester United manager in terms of the triumph of short-termism over strategic thinking (Perspective, 
23 April). Is he right?

When Sir Alex Ferguson took over in 1986, the business was less complex but the fans just as impatient for success. It took him over four years to make his mark in Europe, making Moyes’s firing a bit hasty. Ultimately, he wasn’t given a chance to grow in the job, as Sir Alex was. He was sacked by businessmen who put the balance sheet way ahead of sporting potential.

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Bob Taylor

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Glenrothes, Fife